7 Ways AI Will Be Closer to Science Than Science Fiction in 2018

Artificial intelligence has pushed our world into the future

There’s no dispute that 2017 was the year of artificial intelligence. In fact, AI has greatly enhanced our world this year.

For instance, we’ve seen AI make huge strides in the medical community, and have even seen technology predict the outcome of court cases. Companies have also benefited from AI’s ability to predict whether or not a business deal will go sour.

Despite the huge advances in technology and the benefits our world has gained, there are plenty of naysayers who feel that AI will be the downfall of our society. After all, the ethics of robots are still a gray area that can complicate the conversation tremendously.

While the world still feels a little confused over the role AI is expected to play in 2018, as well as through the next decade, there are still some things we can predict.

Outsourcing Will Get Easier

One of the ways AI has proven its worth is in the outsourcing of menial tasks. Robots can now manage our calendars, schedule our appointments, file customer complaints, balance our finances and even make phone calls for us.

Gone are the days when we could complain that administrative tasks are being outsourced to Asia. AI is expected to almost completely replace humans in this area over the next year.

The number of apps that can perform unwanted human tasks for a mere monthly subscription or on a pay-by-task basis will also increase exponentially.

Empathy Can Be Learned

The one thing humans believe separates them from robots is expected to disappear in 2018. AI will more closely resemble humans in the future by developing the use of empathy. Machines will be able to read body language, tonal changes and facial expressions, then respond in an appropriate manner.

In fact, machines might even become better at empathy than humans.

For example, studies have shown that being proven wrong only reinforces the wrong-doer’s decisions. That’s because humans often show extreme empathetic difficulty in pointing out someone else’s mistakes. Robots, on the other hand, are not hindered by emotions like pride. This means that AI will be able to make convincing arguments using emotional appeals.

Language Barriers Will Be Broken

One of the disappointments in the AI world has been translation and language barriers. So far, AI has not enabled humans to seamlessly understand each other regardless of language. Google Translate, for instance, has been one of the biggest disappointments in AI technology since it is still unable to translate as accurately as many consumers and tech experts have hoped.

However, all of that is expected to change in 2018. For instance, one of the most anticipated technologies coming out next year is a language translation earpiece. This will allow individuals to seamlessly communicate with each other, even if they don’t understand the other person’s language. Although there’s plenty of AI barriers still to overcome in language translation, the foundation has been laid.

Big Data Will Get Even Bigger

The line between AI and Big Data is extremely thin, and is expected to all but disappear in 2018. For example, the tech world expects AI to continue to analyze large amounts of data to help CEOs and board members make big decisions. This will allow companies to analyze data faster. AI will also be able to predict weak investments and poor performance funnels.

Companies will begin utilizing Big Data and AI for measuring performance, as determining an employee’s success will become a task for computers in the coming year. Meanwhile, human resources departments will also make use of AI and Big Data to recruit employees with the greatest potential and least amount of risk.

AI might even be able to help companies avoid the type of harassment scandals that rocked the world in 2017, such as the one that brought down Harvey Weinstein.

Failure Is an Option

One of the biggest predictions for 2018 is that we’re not as far along in AI technology as we want to believe. In fact, we’re a long way from complete dependency on AI intelligence. Though we’ve made huge strides toward a complete AI-dependent lifestyle, experts estimate all this is still in the realm of science fiction.

Instead, 2018 will prove just how far we are from robots ruling the world. For instance, scientists will continue to roll out tech that makes great advancements toward the future of AI, but that won’t completely replace humans in every role.

AI Might Save Us

Plenty of skeptics have voiced concerns over AI being the downfall of humanity. After all, we all have our own fears when it comes to the safety of AI technology. With technology this powerful, what if it can hurt humans? This can raise some scary questions, like who would be responsible for the death of a human at the hands of a robot, or should AI systems be protected from sexual harassment in the same way that humans are?

Fortunately, recent advances in AI are all about its beneficial aspects. For instance, the tech world expects AI to help medicine in ways humans only dreamed of. Everything from curing cancer to surgical procedures to predicting heart attacks will change the way we look at healthcare.

The End Is Not Neigh

According to Venture Beat, there’s no need to worry about end-of-the-world scenarios just yet. As much as we’d like to think we have the tech to create killer robots that lack empathy, we just don’t.

In fact, this idea is shared by many experts. AI tends to be a flashy term that carries more hype than it’s worth. In 2018, experts agree that the world will have a stronger idea of what AI actually entails as this technology continues to shift from science fiction to the reality of science.