It's inevitable. Robots are going to take over. In addition to hardware bots, software algorithms have now infiltrated our online lives. Artificial intelligence is officially here. From regulation to religion, there's been a wave of AI updates this year, hence it is NetLingo's Word of the Year. Known as the simulation of human intelligence, it's time to learn about this brave new world. 

AI has already spawned a host of new lingo including these tech terms: 

ABCD - which stands for Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Cloud, Data. From the Chinese government endorsing tech on farms in early 2019, promoting an ABCD of modern farming, this cocktail of artificial intelligence, blockchain, cloud computing, and data technology is on the rise.

AI - it used to just be a texting acronym that means "As If," now it's the buzzword for artificial intelligence. 

AI/ML - this is short for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), and it represents an evolution in computer science and data processing concerned with the development of algorithms that can generalize and perform tasks without explicit instructions.

Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) - this refers to software that exhibits human-like intelligence and when faced with an unfamiliar task, AGI will find a solution (or as the tech gurus say, it's "generally smarter than humans").

artificial intelligence - in addition to AI, it's also part of systems called machine intelligence and refers to computer hardware and software that emulates human intelligence, using reasoning and learning to solve problems. The concept of artificial intelligence was conceived in 1950 by Alan Turing, who used the term "computer intelligence." The concept was renamed "artificial intelligence" in 1955 by John McCarthy.

artificial life - also known as a-life -or- alife, this describes the modeling of complex, lifelike behaviors in computer programs. Artificial life forms can supposedly evolve and produce behaviors not contained within the rules set by the programmers.

chatbot - also known as chatterbot, smartbot, talkbot, bot, IM bot, interactive agent, conversational interface, Artificial Conversational Entity, and ChatGPT, this is only the beginning of the way in which everyday people will interact with this technology. It refers to a computer program or an artificial intelligence which conducts a micro, conversation-based experience via talk or text. It is designed to convincingly simulate how a human would behave, thereby "passing the Turing test" which is when a machine can exhibit intelligent behavior equal to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human.

GenAI - or Generative Artificial Intelligence, this is an advanced form of artificial intelligence using neural networks to identify the patterns and structures within existing data to generate new and original content.

sentient AI - And then there is sentient artificial intelligence, also known as sentient robot and sentient machine. Sentience is the capacity to feel, perceive or experience subjectively, so sentient AI refers to the capacity for artificial intelligence to have subjective perceptions, feelings and experience, including robots and machines.

In the AI tech world, there are two views: The doomsday "end of the world" scenarios and the accelerationists' "it's good for technology to evolve" camps. The doomers worry about AI’s potential to cause catastrophic harm, such as mass unemployment and the birth of an all-powerful Artificial General Intelligence that might snuff out humankind on a whim. The accelerationists, on the other hand, want to speed ahead with developing and commercializing generative AI systems before we even understand it. 

One of the biggest threats is deepfake videos to create FUD. The dark web will utilize intelligence that's not even known yet where only institutions like the military are capable of tracking, hacking and informing our lawmakers. Government regulation is already happening in the European Union where they reached a deal to implement vast new regulations known as the AI Act. The regulations place new levels of scrutiny on companies using AI and include new transparency requirements for AI systems, protections against the spread of misinformation and the use of facial recognition software. 

And then there are humans like Anthony Levandowski who pioneered the self-driving car and penned his Way of the Future. His idea fuses religion and the understanding of artificial intelligence, and raised eyebrows over its focus on worship and the acceptance of a future God developed through computer hardware and software. With AI now in the mainstream, Levandowski said it is time to consider how sophisticated AI systems could help guide humans on moral, ethical, or existential questions that are normally sought out in religions. Basically TEOTWAWKI.

The evolution of technology is fascinating, and my prediction is that AI will become so ubiquitous, there will be AI cable-type trucks driving around to fix your chatbots just like they do for TV. Yes, some of you will use AI on a regular basis moving forward, and yes many of you will like it.  I personally have little interest in additional man-made screen time so I'll bid you a Happy New Year 2024 from the nature-made world on my island, cheers! 

Erin JansenSocial Psychologist, Internet Historian, Online SpecialistFounder of