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3 Main Reasons Why AI Technology Shouldn't Be a Religion

Just ask the Pope about it. And the President of Microsoft.

After all, those two moguls on opposite ends of the spectrum did speak about the relevancy of AI technology at length, which should tell you something: artificial intelligence is an important subject. Think about it. You have the leader of Catholicism himself sitting down with Microsoft President Brad Smith to talk about learning robots and the prospect of machines essentially "taking over the world." Well, not really! But pretty close.

The Fact Is Many Are Concerned That AI Technology Might Go Too Far in a Lot of Ways

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Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith meets with Pope Francis at Saint Martha's House at the Vatican, February 13, 2019. Vatican Media/Handout via REUTERS

It's actually been discussed before, so this most recent meeting between Pope Francis and the head of the global tech giant of the decade isn't anything new. However, salient points brought up and all, it gives rise to what we should think about regarding artificial intelligence that potentially no one has ever thought about:

For Starters, the Concept That AI Technology Seems to Cater to the Upper Class

That applies to big business and corporate America as well. Innovative tech seems to always fall a lot easier into the hands of those with the moolah to spend, leaving behind the less fortunate. And that's one thing for sure, about religion: we're always talking about the less fortunate. It's a point religion brings up that shows technology shouldn't ever be deified.

Lest We Increase the Digital Divide More Between the Rich and Poor

The Pope, of course, spoke of how important it is to bridge that gap. The poorer nations don't seem to have access to those technologies. There's positive outlook, though, that both the President and the Pope did discuss "artificial intelligence at the service of the common good and activities aimed at bridging the digital divide that still persists at the global level."

In essence, AI technology deserves to be accessible for everyone

Except Those Who Would Leverage the Technology for the Wrong Reasons

Namely criminals. Hackers. Cyber-terrorists. You'd bet both were on board with the fact that "strong ethical and new, evolved laws" were very necessary in ensuring artificial intelligence not only remains accessible, but protected.

At the Heart of It All, Artificial Intelligence Shouldn't Be Worshiped Especially for That Reason

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In fact, the Vatican plans on sponsoring a prize with Microsoft in favor of the best doctoral dissertation of the year with probably the most talked-about theme today: artificial intelligence at the service of human life. The keyword: service.

What do you think? Should we trust artificial intelligence? Or are we preparing for a mass dystopia of merciless machines? SIGN UP FOR A FREE VIGYAA ACCOUNT AND WRITE OUT YOUR OWN THOUGHTS!

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OLED monitors tend to have faster pixel response times and better contrast ratios, although their very high prices make them much less accessible than ordinary LCD monitors.

As such, we do not yet recommend purchasing an OLED monitor, as a high-quality LCD monitor will be fully capable of providing a satisfying experience at much lower prices.

OLED technology has been around for a while, but it's only just starting to break into the monitor and TV market. Even so, screens using this technology remain few and more importantly - they are expensive.

So what is the reason for the exorbitant price of most OLED monitors, and what are their advantages and disadvantages compared to ordinary LCD monitors?

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OLED vs LCD display technology

Whenever you see a screen marketed as an “LED” monitor, it usually means an LED LCD screen. To be more specific, it uses LED backlighting, but it's the LCD technology that does most of the work.

On the other hand,

OLED technology has no active backlight. Instead, each pixel is independently lit and works as its own light source.

This has many implications for the quality and performance of a screen.

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Contraste OLED vs LCD

OLED screens have been present in smartphones for a long time.

In fact, Samsung’s first Galaxy S phone used OLED, although the technology was much less refined at the time.

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For years, smartphone users have debated the merits of the LCD vs OLED display, and everything that can be said about it also applies to larger displays.

OLED displays can achieve much higher contrast because they can display true black by simply turning off pixels.

On the other hand, any screen with active backlight cannot completely block the light, so that black is displayed in dark gray. Certainly, some panels (like VA) are better for displaying blacks, but they still don't match the OLEDs in this department.

Speaking of backlighting, there is a common problem that LED LCD screens to call bleeding from the backlight. When this happens, some of the light “bleeds” on the screen, leading to inconsistent blacks.

This can happen either as irregular white spots (so-called "clouds") or as visibly brighter areas at the corners or along the edges of the screen.

Since OLED displays do not use active backlighting, they do not have this problem. Overall, OLED wins hands down in this regard.

Observation angles

A viewing angle determines the width of the angle from which the display can be viewed without any visible loss of image quality. As you move outside the specified viewing angle of the screen, the color distortion begins to become visible.

OLED screens have excellent viewing angles, mainly because there is very little space behind the screen for the light to diffract.

The situation with LCD screens is a little more complicated since the viewing angles depend mainly on the type of panel used. So, for example, a good IPS panel can easily match the viewing angles of an OLED, while a TN panel can't even get close to it.

OLED color reproduction

The most remarkable and often the most marketable quality of a screen is its ability to dazzle the viewer with its vibrant and realistic color reproduction.

In most cases, OLED and LCD screens are on flat ground in this regard.

However, as with viewing angles, the color accuracy of an LCD screen depends mainly on the panel used. IPS and VA panels tend to have excellent color reproduction, while colors produced by TN panels tend to look quite washed out.

HDR is a display technology with a simple goal: to make the displayed image appear as close to reality as possible. This is achieved by creating a more realistic contrast and producing a more intense light.

Now, as we have already determined, OLED definitely has the advantage in terms of contrast. However, LCD screens can still hold on by having a more powerful backlight. Both technologies are quite capable of producing good HDR, so, once again, we have a tie.

Performance - Refresh rate and response time

Well, first of all, you'll be happy to know that modern OLED displays are quite capable of achieving such high refresh rates. In addition, their theoretical limits are very high, so that they could reach even higher refresh rates one day, but this is not necessary.

As for response times, they literally overwrite LCD screens as they can have response times as low as 0.1ms. During this time, the fastest TN panels cannot go down to 1ms.

We are inclined to give the OLED focus, mainly because of the much faster response times.

OLED vs LCD screen price

And now the big question - is an OLED screen worth it?

As we said before, OLED displays are very expensive and will remain so for the foreseeable future. More importantly, it is not only that they are expensive, but that they are of questionable value. Their only concrete and the tangible advantage is their superior contrast.

That said, we will have to give this round to the LCD screens. A good LCD monitor will be more than capable of equaling an OLED in terms of visual quality and performance.

Conclusion Should we buy an OLED screen?

Overall, we do not yet recommend purchasing an OLED display.

As is often the case with (relatively) new technologies, it takes time to perfect them and to truly penetrate the market. Do you remember when the first 4K TVs started to roll out and cost thousands of euros?

Now you can get a 4K TV for less than € 300. Not really a good 4K TV, but a 4K all the same.

It will be the same with OLED in the years to come. Manufacturing processes will improve, the technology itself will improve, and prices will eventually fall to more affordable three-digit numbers.

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