"Even tech experts have been astonished by the recent, rapid growth of AI
technology, able to hold human-like conversations in multiple languages, create
music and pass medical exams. While the potential benefits of AI in fields such
as healthcare are indeed inspiring, the pace of change is rapid, and there is
still lots of uncertainty about the future.
If you feel worried about how AI could affect your career, your privacy or your
safety in the coming years, you might be experiencing AI-nxiety. This term,
coined by a marketing agency and spreading on social media, describes the
uneasy feeling about the effects of AI on human creativity and inventiveness.
Anxiety disorders are often related to difficulty coping with uncertainty and
ambiguity. People feel anxious not just about what exists, but what is unknown.
AI-nxiety stems from feelings of uncertainty about AI’s potential, for example,
to create fake videos and spread disinformation that polarises populations.
Some AI-produced content can also provoke a negative emotional reaction in
viewers. This unsettling feeling when an AI character or voice is eerily close,
but not quite, human is known as the “uncanny valley”.
It might help to remember that these feelings aren’t necessarily new. Similar
worries about technological advancements, such as “computerphobia”, “computer
anxiety” and “technostress” emerged as early as the 1980s.
In many ways, AI-nxiety is similar to the eco-anxiety that many young people
feel about climate change. Like environmental degradation, rapid digitalisation
is a result of human activity. Many people are now feeling that both of these
are getting out of their control.
But AI-nxiety doesn’t have to rule your life. Excessive worry can affect daily
activities, and even lead to other medical issues, and can stop you from seeing
the positives of digital advancement. Below are three tips to cope."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics