RUN! HIDE! DO SOMETHING! BEFORE IT TAKES YOUR JOB.
Just stop what you are doing, and take a minute to actually think that artificial intelligence, despite what many other people think as something catastrophic, ain’t that bad at all. Yeah it can beat you at a game of chess, a quiz, or maybe steal your job away and whilst at the same mind control you to be its bitch perhaps?
But one thing is for certain and that is that artificial intelligence frees our mind from all the responsibilities and heavy laden tasks that occupy our minds whenever we engage with others, which is what you and me both humans are made for, to be a social species.
As you read on you’ll understand how beneficial AI can really get, and to an extent, even become a “Third Hemisphere” of our brains.
Here’s a TEDx video featuring Felix Häusler, who is the CEO of messaging interface Chatgrape.
Häusler talks about how AI has become and continually is becoming a big player of a part in all of our daily lives and how you can overcome all the fears and challenges that AI could pose down the line.
As much as it can be perceived to be bad it can also as much as it can be, used for greater good
AI is beneficial in many ways, it bring focus to the more important things at hand, make logical and simple decisions which just wastes our brain power most of the time and be a friend when we are lonely.
Yes, I’m talking about you my dear Siri. (She calls me ‘Baby’ by the way…)
As Häusler points out during his talk, there are number of key areas where AI outsmarts us humans, which again you should know has its own pros and cons.
47% of Jobs are at risk right now to AI automation
Häusler did go on, on how AI outsmarting us humans can positively help us but at the same time how it can negatively impact us.
There are rising concerns with the prominence of AI, with 47% of jobs in the US are “at risk” of being automated in the next 20 years, according to anew study carried out by Dr Michael A. Osborne from Oxford University’s Department of Engineering Science and Dr Carl Benedikt Frey of the Oxford Martin School.
Jobs especially like truck driving, production, delivery systems, and administrative jobs are just a few of the many careers that are at risk to automation in the coming years.
Humans + AI = Superhuman
This may threaten our jobs, but note that the ability to merge with technology and coexist in an environment where humans and AI work together could help us become, like Häusler said, “superhuman”.
Here’s how it is going to work.
AI complements the human brain understanding. We as humans are able to make decisions based on our intuition, rationality and emotional understanding whilst AI has a very scientific and logical approach.
Without our human thinking, we might for instance cause an inhumane decision, maybe fire someone just because they made a few mistakes on their first day?
Whilst without the AI thinking we wouldn’t be able to advance our technological capabilities and solve our logical and repetitive dull decisions. Instead of having to spend all our time, energy and money on tasks which requires the same steps to work every time, you could just be better off by having it executed by an AI instead.
This would allow us to have more room to decide for the other complex decisions which in turn help us keep our creative and innovative minds running active and stretch our knowledge and expertise by solving challenges.
Machines needs us more than we think we do, Häusler said, and we need machines to make our work more exciting.
“If we accept that we need each other in this life, we’ll both profit from it,”
They have limitations too you know
When you and I think that machines are just going to go rampant and do more harm than good, know that machines have their very own limitations and weaknesses like we do.
One prime example, for instance, is AI in social situations.
To bring the best and most out of AI, there is a need to understand the limitations of computations and allow machines to do what they are good at doing and us humans to do what we are good at doing.
Häusler added that the way the human brain works is simply not cut out for “deadly dullness” dry, monotonous, repetitive work and we humans need the machines in that aspect to take care of that.
He also proposed a “third” hemisphere of the brain, in addition to the left and right hemispheres, the parts that govern logic and creativity respectively. This third hemisphere has the job to carry out consistency, repetition, accuracy and speed.
That’s where AI comes into play, and by allowing them to take care of the dull and repetitive aspect of things, this lets us humans to focus more on what we are more better at.
Another way we can use AI, is to clear up ambiguities in communication, to mediate among who think differently and to translate a person’s thoughts or patterns into tasks which can help people find common ground says Häusler.
He further added that there are a few ways people can connect with AI today.
Natural Language Processing
First up this approach allows the machine to listen to you, reads what you write, and then adds some intelligence to make that process all easier.
This approach allows the machines to connects to your device and then learns more about you in order to offer you better adjustments and recommendations according to your patterns.
Probably the hottest tech topic of this year right next to the the fake news fiasco and exploding Note 7s.
This approach allows the machines to improve your visual field and at the same time give you information while you are doing something else.
Like say for example, if you’re walking down the streets of New York, wearing this headgear will help you navigate to where you want to go whilst at the same time call your friends and check how they’re doing. There’s literally endless possibilities with AR and it is one of my favorite upcoming technology that has truly made its mark this year.
Brain Computer Interface
This approach has to be the coolest yet.
Brain Computer Interface, BCI, is simply put, an I/O link between the brain and a computer. Any link that can gather data from the brain and send it to a device, and/or provide information from the device – in this case the computer – to the brain, qualifies as a BCI.
One interesting example where BCIs have recently been used is in the domain of bringing BCIs to medical applications. Medtronic (a medical device company headquartered in Dublin, Ireland) is collaborating with a number of academic institutions to use its existing deep-brain stimulator (DBS) platform as a BCI testbed.
The implanted electrodes normally used exclusively to stimulate the brain to disrupt Parkinsons, essential tremor, and even epilepsy and depression, can (in research contexts) also be used to record signals from the brain.
So yeah man you can hook up your brain to a computer.
“The moment we’re able to have a real brain computer interface, a frictionless, will be the moment we have access to this third hemisphere and can directly outsource every bulk task we have to a machine,”