Will Machines Replace Humans ?
Machine got us here, AI will take us further.
It is nostalgic to remember that computing is still quite young — it only dates back to 1977. However, there is one similarity — the way technology is disrupting our lives. As the exponential progression of technology continues, we are left to wonder how automation will impact our lives in the near future.
In the near future, the whole notion of work will focus on predictability. Machines will be able to do the boring repeatable tasks, thereby rocketing our productivity while human beings will take on those processes which require creativity, critical thinking, and flexibility.
Inarguably, the role of automation will grow tremendously in the future and eventually we will get to a point of singularity — where AI will exceed human intelligence. AI, at the present moment, is intelligent enough to handle sophisticated processes quite well. We have transitioned from basic AI algorithms to fully autonomous vehicles. That’s a huge leap. Thanks to the sudden boom in data and deep learning, which has made automation look easy.
Using statistical and probabilistic patterns, computers will ultimately learn to improve its efficiency of doing different tasks — conversational AI , natural language, customer care, image recognition or home automation.Soon enough, Artificial Intelligence and Bots would be able to do medical diagnosis and personalize healthcare for us. AI will continue to get smarter and more productive when it comes to generalization, in the near future.
But regardless, AI was never meant to replace humans. It was invented to assist us. With such rapid growth in data, AI has become an unstoppable force in our workplace. But that’s what is expected out of it. Still, even if we don’t want AI to replace us, it will ultimately replace human involvement in most of the processes that only human is currently able to perform. That might sound scary but it’s not. That’s what we humans have always done for the past 40 years since modern computing was invented. And, even if we nag about it — it feels good to be productive.
We need robots and artificial intelligence in every single industry to solve complex problems. We desperately do. Machines will be best when it comes to doing a certain type of tasks and they will increase the productivity and profitability by 3–5x when assisted by humans. But AI will always lag behind when it comes to creativity, critical thinking, and empathy — unless a general AI is invented. Until then we are not doomed.
As we go into the world of singularity, humans will take up a more of a problem-solving role by overseeing processes, coming to the rescue when things go erratic. As computers enable a gigantic optimization, the ability to accommodate error reduces and this can lead to an economic catastrophe -both in work and society.
So, instead of the machines taking over the world and replacing human beings by outsmarting them in every possible task, I see the world in which humans and machines work together to solve problems at scale. The expertise of humans coupled with the superhuman speed of artificial intelligence will enable to transcend boundaries of workforce and productivity.
Machines suck at doing the unpredictable things because of its algorithmic nature. With the rapid advancements in machine learning, artificial intelligence still sucks at the basic processes that human can do with ease. This is where human shines and this is what makes us irreplaceable. As mentioned earlier, the only thing that might lead us to doom is a general AI with some form of mystical neuro intelligence. But even if that happens, it will be us who will be in complete control of the machines. And until that happens, singularity will be practically harmless to the workforce.
It’s a myth that AI will take away jobs permanently from people . But just like our past, as jobs will be taken away, new jobs will be created to employ humans while machines do the routine processes. A slight decline in jobs in one sector can lead to an increase in opportunities in the other sectors where the need for automation would be lesser.
Managing the creative and critical angle in the workforce, humans will undoubtedly lead the machines while our machine mates do all the routinely boring and repeatable activities because teaming up is what the future beholds for both the races — Mankind and the Machines