Skip to main content

How will AI change the world?

  • 567,633 Views
  • 2,410 Questions Answered
  • TEDEd Animation

Let’s Begin…

In the coming years, artificial intelligence is probably going to change your life— and likely the entire world. But people have a hard time agreeing on exactly how AI will affect our society. Can we build AI systems that help us fix the world? Or are we doomed to a robotic takeover? Explore the limitations of artificial intelligence and the possibility of creating human-compatible technology.

Create and share a new lesson based on this one.

About TED-Ed Animations

TED-Ed Animations feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. Are you an educator or animator interested in creating a TED-Ed Animation? Nominate yourself here »

Meet The Creators

  • Director Christoph Sarow, AIM Creative Studios
  • Narrator Stuart Russell, George Zaidan
  • Storyboard Artist Christoph Sarow
  • Animator Christoph Sarow, André Cunha, Rúben Dantas, Ana Farinha, Daniela Carvalho
  • Illustrator Christoph Sarow
  • Music André Aires
  • Sound Designer André Aires
  • AIM Creative Studios Producer Tiago Ribeiro
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Producer Alexandra Zubak
  • Associate Producer Sazia Afrin
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
Additional Resources for you to Explore
If you're fascinated by AI, and curious about how it works, its benefits, and potential drawbacks, check out this compilation of AI articles curated by Vox.

Stuart Russell, Professor of AI at Berkeley, explains why AI technology is inherently good or evil but depends on how humans use it and regulate it. He explains why he's skeptical of the scene of the dystopic narrative in movies about a malevolent AI becoming conscious and dominating the human race. He does say that the most significant danger is poorly designed AI, and he goes into some ways we might avoid the worst outcomes. For a more in-depth look at the promises and perils of AI, check out the transcript of Russel's interview.

Finally, the World Economic Forum provided a report and overview of the consequences of AI on the nature of work in "Positive AI Economic Futures." In the report, experts go over the potential disruptions and dangers of AI -- increased inequality or denying people a sense of fulfillment -- and how engineers, economists, CEOs, and politicians are working to leverage AI as a force for good.

Customize this lesson

Create and share a new lesson based on this one.

About TED-Ed Animations

TED-Ed Animations feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. Are you an educator or animator interested in creating a TED-Ed Animation? Nominate yourself here »

Meet The Creators

  • Director Christoph Sarow, AIM Creative Studios
  • Narrator Stuart Russell, George Zaidan
  • Storyboard Artist Christoph Sarow
  • Animator Christoph Sarow, André Cunha, Rúben Dantas, Ana Farinha, Daniela Carvalho
  • Illustrator Christoph Sarow
  • Music André Aires
  • Sound Designer André Aires
  • AIM Creative Studios Producer Tiago Ribeiro
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Producer Alexandra Zubak
  • Associate Producer Sazia Afrin
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal