August 2017 | 7 min read
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Will AI unlock our human potential?
If we are losing our jobs to AI because we humans are not intelligent enough, then we can surely make ourselves more intelligent with the help of AI. We already use a range of smart devices in our day-to-day lives to conduct various tasks. In a way, we have already immersed ourselves in a sea of more intelligent tools to get our job done. We humans have been comfortable working with tools since we lived in caves thousands of years ago. We are not intimidated by the kettle, toaster or phone. So why fear AI? Should we not embrace AI and make ourselves more intelligent so that we can do more work efficiently?
Neurallink, a company founded by Elon Musk, endeavours to take this human-machine integration to the next level by planting a direct neural lace in the human brain that would enable us to convey our thoughts to a computer.
Perhaps we should let AI do our day-jobs and indulge ourselves with things we always wanted to do, let it be composing music, drawing paintings, or gardening. After all filling spreadsheets with numbers was never the strong point of humans, and let’s enjoy a nice afternoon outside while AI does all the accounting work for us. Of course, we can later inspect the reports AI produced and worry about the financial predictions it makes. Alternatively, we can trust the AI to run our businesses on behalf of us altogether. We can let AI take important business decision and execute it on behalf of us. At this very moment, Algorithmic trading systems perform billions of transactions in stock markets around the globe without any human intervention.
A robot might cook delicious meals consistently and relentlessly in a restaurant chain, but if it does not suit a palette of a particular client, a human can intervene and apologise on behalf of the robot.
A medical diagnostic AI system might be more accurate than a human oncologist in detecting cancer, but we might want a human to deliver the bad news. After all that is what makes us human.
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