Falling in love with machines| Unknowingly
Lately, I have been reading a lot of articles around Artificial Intelligence and various comments that tech billionaires are making on the pros and cons of AI. It’s fascinating, so I thought writing a blog post around it.
“You cross the threshold of job-replacement of certain activities all sort of at once. So, you know, warehouse work, driving, room cleanup, there’s quite a few things that are meaningful job categories that, certainly in the next 20 years [will go away].” — Bill Gates
“What to do about mass unemployment? This is going to be a massive social challenge. There will be fewer and fewer jobs that a robot cannot do better [than a human]. These are not things that I wish will happen. These are simply things that I think probably will happen.” — Elon Musk
“The automation of factories has already decimated jobs in traditional manufacturing, and the rise of artificial intelligence is likely to extend this job destruction deep into the middle classes, with only the most caring, creative or supervisory roles remaining.” — Stephen Hawking
Revision of history
At some point in history, slavery has plagued nearly everyone, everywhere. From ancient Greece to the modern America, innumerable governments have sanctioned the complete control of certain persons for the benefit of other persons, usually under the guise of social and technological progress. This is how this world has been functioning. There has been a natural tendency for people to work in a slavery atmosphere they are so used to that they have forgotten the existence of it. On the contrary, don’t you think this behaviour is hierarchal?
It started at the time when for British, Indians were nothing but slaves. Years passed by and that culture got so imbibed upon us, that most of us accepted the mere existence of it. In India, most of the middle and upper class family have kaam-wali-bayi(waiters) at our homes for household work. It’s difficult for us to survive without them and we are so much dependent on them for our routine based work.
Glimpse of the future
Now imagine a scenario where a college student could afford a personal assistant at his house to take care of almost everything s/he does in daily routine. Imagine a world where you have your own personal trainer, room cleaner — 24*7 by your side. You wake up & you have a fresh glass of juice by your side, your clothes to be worn today are ironed. Your breakfast is ready the moment you are all dressed up. And surprisingly, you wouldn’t have to be rich to avail all this.
You are going to fall in love with the machines unknowingly and it’s going to be so much addictive that you will bypass the adverse effects of it.
AI is ushering in a revolution that will fundamentally change the way we live, work, and communicate.
The most exciting and promising subset of AI is the advancements happening in the deep learning space.
“Deep Learning is an amazing tool that is helping numerous groups create exciting AI applications,” Andrew Ng says, Chief Scientist at Baidu and chairman/co-founder of Coursera. “It is helping us build self-driving cars, accurate speech recognition, computers that can understand images, and much more.”
Data is going to play a huge role in businesses thus creating an algorithmic economy where making sense of chunks of data through right algorithms will define the health of a business. Every app needs to start thinking from the AI perspective where the system is intelligent and personalised from Day 1. Every company will need to be a data centric company where what to collect and how to make sense of that collection will play a huge role.
It’s time we start making everyone aware of how the future could be and the change we might go through post AI reaches human-level-intelligence.
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