AI: Enhancing Lives or Raising Concerns? Mark Kelly chats with Gerry Kelly on LMFM’s Late Lunch


Artificial intelligence has become a frequent topic in the news over the past couple of months as experts and tech leaders are cautioning about the potential consequences of their own AI inventions.

Our very own Mark Kelly recently sat down with Gerry Kelly on LMFM’s Late Lunch to chat about the current state of AI, its impact on society and whether AI should be feared or embraced as a means of enhancing human life.

Mark spoke to Gerry about how AI is already deeply embedded in various aspects of our lives. For example, Netflix utilizes AI to recommend shows based on users’ watch history, preferences, and demographics. This personalized experience is made possible through the use of recommendation engines that analyze user data. Mark also shared other examples such as in fraud detection; how AI algorithms can identify irregular account activities, helping protect individuals from potential scams. Furthermore, AI has revolutionized drug discovery, significantly reducing the time and cost involved in bringing new drugs to market.

To shed light on real-world applications of AI, Mark has compiled over 400 case studies, showcasing how companies in Ireland have utilized AI in their business. These examples demonstrate how technology can serve as an enabler, benefiting society in various domains.

Addressing concerns surrounding AI, Mark said it is essential to consider the role of regulation and the need for ethical considerations. The European Union has been proactive in establishing the AI Act, which sets criteria and limitations for AI products. Similar regulations are being implemented in different countries to ensure privacy and mitigate biases inherent in AI algorithms. Transparency and explainability are crucial factors in building trust in AI systems, as they address concerns about misinformation and manipulation.

One common worry regarding AI is the potential for job losses. While it is true that automation may lead to the automation of certain tasks, Mark highlighted that it is unlikely to result in complete job displacement. Studies suggest that between 10% and 50% of job roles may be automated, but humans will still play a vital role in overseeing and complementing automated processes. The evolution of AI and automation should be seen as an opportunity to redefine job roles and emphasize creativity and problem-solving skills. Upskilling and digital dexterity will be crucial to adapt to the changing landscape.

The conversation surrounding AI has gained momentum in the past few months with the rise of ChatGPT contributing to a broader national dialogue. The rapid advancements in AI technology, while promising, necessitate ongoing discussions and involvement from government. Building a future where AI is utilized for societal improvement requires collaboration, awareness, and responsible development.

As the field of education embraces AI and ChatGPT, Mark talked about how it opens up new possibilities for personalized learning experiences. While it is too early to determine if ChatGPT will replace Google, the capabilities of AI models like ChatGPT have shown great potential for transforming how we interact with technology. Personalized virtual assistants may become more prevalent, offering tailored journeys for tasks like cooking lessons, fitness advice or travel planning.

Misinformation remains a challenge in the era of AI, just as it does in social media. Mark highlighted how establishing fairness, transparency, and explainability in AI systems is crucial to combatting misinformation. The industry must prioritize building trust and ensuring that AI is perceived as a reliable and credible technology.

In conclusion, AI presents immense opportunities to enhance our lives across various domains. While concerns exist, ongoing efforts in regulation, ethics, and transparency are combatting these issues. By embracing AI responsibly, fostering education, and leveraging its potential, we can navigate the future with confidence, ease public concerns and unlock the benefits AI has to offer.


Annual AI Awards honours Irish Artificial Intelligence Excellence in 2022

  • Fourth Annual Awards Celebrate Irish AI Innovation across diverse sectors
  • Bank of Ireland, seamlessCARE Ltd, Akara Robotics among the award winners
  • SoapBox Labs’ Amelia Kelly and Janssen’s Terri O’Donovan win individual awards
  • UCD’s AI PREMie take home Award for Academic Research and AI for Social Good

[PRESS RELEASE] AI Awards, Sponsored by Principal Sponsor Microsoft, Announce 2022 Finalists

Dublin, 14th of November 2022: Today, AI Ireland has announced the shortlist for its fourth annual AI Awards, sponsored by Principal sponsor Microsoft.


2022 AI Awards Finalists Announced!

  • Bank of Ireland, Shutterstock and Dell Technologies amongst those recognised for innovation in Artificial Intelligence.
  • Entries from Trinity College Dublin, Ulster University, University College Dublin and TU Dublin reflect an increase in academic research in AI.
  • 5 new awards including Women in AI Person of the Year and Best Application of AI in Healthcare.


Minister Troy and Minister Collins welcome report on future skills needs for the use of AI in Ireland

Minister for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Robert Troy TD, and Minister for Skills and Further Education, Niall Collins TD, today welcomed the publication from the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) on the skills needed for Ireland to fully benefit from the opportunities presented by Artificial Intelligence.


AI Awards 2022 Applications Now Open!!

Applications are now open for the 2022 AI Awards as AI professionals, academics and enthusiasts will once again come together this November to celebrate the great work being done within AI, Machine Learning and emerging technologies in Ireland.

Last year, companies such as ACI Worldwide, STATSports and Webio joined the likes of ESB, Nuritas, Mastercard Labs, McKesson, SAP and much more on taking home one of our coveted AI Awards. In case you missed last year’s event, you can watch on demand here.

We are back for our fourth event this year and applications are now open for you to take part. So if you have an interesting product, project or service that utilizes AI, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Data Science, Automation or other emerging technologies, we would love to hear from you.

We have several categories you can apply for with more to be announced in the coming weeks:
Best Application of AI to achieve Social Good
Best Application of AI in a Large Enterprise
Best Application of AI in a Startup
Best Application of AI in an Academic Research Body
Best Application of AI in a Student Project
Intelligent Automation – Best Use of RPA & Cognitive
Best Application of AI in an SME
Best Use of AI in a Consumer/Customer Service Application

You can nominate yourself, colleagues or someone you know who has a product, service or project that you feel deserves to win an AI Award.

Applications close on 19 August. Nominees will be revealed in October and the winners will be revealed during our awards ceremony in November.

Apply here.

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