Fitness in Theory – Episode 24: AI Health “Professionals?”

FiT Podcast Episode 24
09 Jun

Has the use of artificial intelligence gone too far in some cases? There is no doubt that AI has made quite an impact across the globe lately. But is it right for health and fitness advice?

In some ways, AI can be of great benefit. After all, computers can process information a lot faster than humans, especially when compiling a variety of data points. However, as we discuss in this episode of Fitness in Theory, AI isn’t always the best option.

For example, what if a company laid off all of its helpline employees and used AI for mental health chat services? And what if that AI started providing obscure or harmful replies?

I know it sounds like something from a horror movie. But it’s more of a reality than what you might think.

For one thing, AI doesn’t have compassion, empathy, or any of the emotional connections that humans need.

AI Is Not the All-Fixer

Although artificial intelligence is helpful in many circumstances, it’s simply not good enough to replace the human element in all aspects of health and fitness. And as I point out during the podcast, it’s only a matter of time before some douchebag decides to abuse AI for nefarious purposes.

Never underestimate how some people just want to watch the world burn. It’s only a matter of time before AI will be used in some fashion to scam or harm humans. That’s because we’ve never invented anything as a species that hasn’t been distorted beyond its original idea.

In reality, this is actually happening right now as many writers will use AI-generated content and claim it as their own. And I’m talking about more than just the freelance writing community as students are also testing the waters of using AI to write essays and other documents. Or how deepfakes are running rampant across the Internet featuring certain people in “compromising” positions.

This is Only the Beginning

As Philip DeFranco has said on his show, “this is the worst AI will ever be.” Meaning, artificial intelligence will continue to advance. It’s not a matter of if but of when something more drastic happens in the world centering around artificial intelligence.

Do I think we’re headed for a Terminator-type scenario? Not really. But I can see how scammers will abuse AI to go beyond fake emails and phone calls.

Any takers on how long it will be before something major hits the news regarding artificial intelligence?

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