Artificial Intelligence And Life

The biggest question ever asked, will AI replace my job?

The frightening, futurist portrayals of Artificial Intelligence that dominate films and novels, and shape the popular imagination, are fictional. In reality, AI is already changing our daily lives, almost entirely in ways that improve human health, safety, and productivity. Unlike in the movies, there is no race of superhuman robots on the horizon or probably even possible. And while the potential to abuse AI technologies must be acknowledged and addressed, their greater potential is, among other things, to make driving safer, help children learn, and extend and enhance people’s lives. In fact, beneficial AI applications in schools, homes, and hospitals are already growing at an accelerated pace.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a science and a set of computational technologies that are inspired by — but typically operate quite differently from — the ways people use their nervous systems and bodies to sense, learn, reason, and take action. In much simpler terms AI is the combination of science and machine. AI are not humans, it’s not even close to any living being in this world. The idea of AI is shifting toward building intelligent systems that can collaborate effectively with people.

In 1997, the world was shocked by the impressive winning of Deep Blue, an intelligent computer on its match versus then world chess champion, Garry Kaspov. However, many of us didn’t know how Deep Blue lost on its first match. For this we know that Deep Blue learned so much from the first match. That being said, AI can only through learning. There are many research going on that field such as, machine learning, deep learning and many others which I will write about on my next post.

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The whole idea of teaching AI is to make it smarter, perhaps smarter then smartest human being on the planet. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX called it a dangerous situation. Musk explained what he meant by saying that computers can communicate at “a trillion bits per second”, while humans, whose main communication method is typing with their fingers via a mobile device, can do about 10 bits per second. It’s basically faster than humans.

The growth of AI especially in the last decade has been impressive. A.I. can already perceive and understand emotional cues, based on factors like tone of voice and word choice. And it’s getting better at projecting them back. That brings another worry, will AI actually take over my job? My answer to that is a no. The most powerful AI systems are still based on algorithms designed by humans, software written by humans and data sets curated and customized by humans. Humankind, the creator of the machines, will always be in charge of directing, operating, and controlling the use of this technology. Will we be able to see self programming AI in the near future? Perhaps — experts said that it will be able to behave and react like humans. What we can see in years to come is the combination of humans and intelligent machine in workplace.

AI is learning from humans and by the humans. Which is why instead of worrying, we need to start working along with AI, to evolve. A better approach is to ask themselves if AI can help them do their job better. The salesperson will now be able to conduct sales planning sessions using AI rather than having to engage their sales manager. In the end, AI will allow the top performing salesperson to become even more of a top performer. We are witnessing driver-less cars which can also mean there will be no more drivers. However, the drivers can now be working along to make the system the more reliable or efficient by sharing their knowledge and experiences — and it’s not only a one-time job but continuous. If the use of machines can serve to make our existence smarter and safer, no reluctance in embracing the introduction of such machines in the workplaces should exist.

Sares is founder and writer at Next Generation Digital Magazine, a social action & education platform that wants to solve the world’s biggest challenges.On our platform you can learn about issues, take action on what matters most and join a community committed to social change. To learn about our work, subscribe now