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Dance of the Minds: Exploring the Impact of AI on Human Behavior

Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools are fast emerging as transformative forces to mimic our thinking; they will reshape how we interact, work, and serve customers. This clearly could confront our traditional path to consider our options and make decisions. Given this likelihood, Dr. Ann Polya is examining the complex relationship between AI and human behavior in her forthcoming book “Dance of the Minds: Exploring the AI-Human Cognitive and emotive behavior,” which will delve into the intricate interplay between these three components.

It begins with an overview of AI -its chatbots and other tools- and their rapid advance in our society due to their speed, and facility to provide and store vast quantities of data, the ability to learn from mistakes, and be programable to personalize our experiences. One major AI tool is ChatGPT which can create texts -thanks to its algorithms applied to artificial networks that are based on our Brains’ neural networks. Their impact on us all will be significant: - not only will it spur further innovation in smartphones, and virtual assistants such as Alexa and Siri, and improve cybersecurity, but also, impact most industries, including, healthcare, agriculture, car manufacturers, and the legal and educational professions.

The human mind has been doing these data gathering and storing functions in our memory for centuries- unaided by artificial support systems; however, now with AI-based tools mimicking human processes, this raises issues about the repercussions of the interface between AI development and human behavior and the potential influence it will have on our cognitive and emotive responses.

The book explores how human behavior operates, and notably our mechanisms to think and feel, which drive our actions. A worst-case scenario is that we are deluded into viewing AI as magic because of its speed and assumed view that it is “perfectly correct,” and thus, simply copying what is generated by AI tools could lead to a decline (from lack of use) in our abilities to think and feel.

However, the situation is not so stark. AI is still in development, and while it does relieve us of much grunt work in crunching numbers and sorting data, it, nonetheless, does require human intellect to oversee and review the results. Plus, AI demonstrably falls short of human creativity, and cannot yet replicate our emotions, and nor can it make decisions based on intangible variables. Hence, human responses will still be required as our brains make the necessary adaptations to the new thinking and feeling requirements.

Finally, the book assesses the future landscape of cognitive and emotive behavior in the age of AI. As this transformative AI technology grows, within the boundaries of potential future constraints, this book explores ways our minds adapt- if necessary- to navigate these changes effectively.

Dr. Ann Polya is a trained psychotherapist and the author of four books. She is also a member of Impact The Palm Beaches.

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