Artificial Intelligence and Automation – A Curse or a Blessing

According to Oxford University researchers, within nearly two decades from now approx. 47 percent of U.S. jobs will be automatic. With many discouraging these advances and automation by foreseeing job losses, there are some like Dr. Rus, Director of MIT’s CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab) who argue staunchly in favor of technological advancement, claiming that human collaboration with robotics can immensely facilitate us in various fields including radiology, cancer diagnosis, and medicines.

According to them, automation can help in augmenting human capabilities in a number of ways. For instance, Artificial Intelligence software can assist doctors in diagnosing cancer at early stages, which can increase lifespan significantly. Automated systems can efficiently perform the task related to goods’ customization and distribution.

Pros of Artificial Intelligence

Simply put, intelligence shown by machines, which are able to think, work and create similar to human minds unlike natural intelligence displayed by humans, is what we term as artificial intelligence. One of the most attractive features of AI is their ability to function over a long time without any reduction in their production capacity. AI machines have found applicability in places where the human approach is tedious like deep ocean surfaces, harsh space atmosphere, and fuel explorations.

AI is also very beneficial in day-to-day applications some of which are spelling correction, writing a prediction, face detection, and location identification etc. It has been possible only due to AI that transport services are able to identify optimal matches for drivers and passengers lessening waiting times and calculate the price of each ride, automatically.

The Artificial intelligence in use today is a ‘Weak AI’ since its design performs narrow and limited tasks. However, it is the future goal of researchers to develop a ‘Strong AI,’ that may outperform humans in various tasks. Due to which it is a serious threat by the other majority of the scientific community.

Pros of Big Data

Such data sets are so complex that traditional data processing software is insufficient to deal with them are termed as big data. Big data is a composite of 3Vs namely High Volume, High velocity, and High Variety. These 3Vs link to the fact that quick speed in real time obtains huge varieties of data in bulk volume.

Since big data is able to predict future outcomes easily, it is possible to find answers to complex questions in a shorter time with maximum accuracy and foresight. This allows young business analysts to create such environment, which encourages critical thinking, creativity and a broader vision on relevant aspects. With the use of big data, irrelevant data filters out which results in enhanced relevance and lessened time.

Pros of Quantum Computing

Quantum computing which relies on the principle of quantum theory makes use of quantum bits or ‘qubits’ for developing computer technology instead of ‘bits’ used in classical computers. It focuses on the ability of subatomic particles to exist in multiple states at a time. With the use of tiniest particles, operations are quick and energy-efficient than classical computers.

Leading technology based companies like Google and IBM are much focused upon the creation of Quantum computers which would likely help in solving complex problems such as modelling complicated chemical processes and simulation of molecules as done by Google engineers in case of the hydrogen molecule. Moreover, IBM has succeeded in modelling of even more complex molecules.

In the present world, it has become one serious concern that with the emergence of technological novelties, artificial intelligence, and robotic machinery will leave human population unemployed and hassled. Top-tech investor of China, Kai-Fu Lee is of the opinion that whole world will suffer from huge job crises once AI takes over technological sector completely since AI will be able to perform difficult tasks much more efficiently than humans.

The need of the hour is that AI experts acknowledge this issue and work upon possible solutions such as reinventing education system, new jobs, and train public in sectors where AI is not applicable. We need to think of these advancements as our facilitators instead of competitors. Only that way, humans can truly enjoy their benefits.

Author Bio

Mona Sharif has been a full time blogger and EBooks author for the past eight years and more. She loves to write about different topics ranging from travel to health and everything related to lifestyle.

In this article

Join the Conversation