Artificial intelligence – Will Machines Take Over?

Are we heading for another cultural shift where unemployment is caused due to the advances in artificial intelligence and automation?

According to a Mckinsey report, 50% of the time spent on work activities in the global economy could theoretically be automated by adapting currently demonstrated technologies.

Even now, AI is making its presence obscure yet relevant; did you know that AI is powering your facebook photos to automatically tag your name into a picture – a novel approach that is widely accredited.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is the capability of a machine to mimic, develop and demonstrate the human behavior. AI devices and programs are set to directly replace us in almost anything and in everything we do.

Though we are still in the infancy of AI-related projects, yet much has been established as seen in the case of smart cars that can drive us to our location remotely, Smart homes that are programmed to run our utilities remotely and many more fascinating breakthroughs that are set to feature in the coming years.

Let us take a closer introspection of a couple of fields that AI has been successfully integrated with :

Chatbots:

The rise of technology goes hand-in-hand with our own high expectations. Companies lean on technology to drive faster, more accurate customer experience that satisfies the evolving needs of customers.

Chatbots provide customers the personal edge, connecting with people 27/7, facilitating purchases, providing accurate content, and can facilitate multiple interactions at the same time with no hindrance to performance.

Gartner predicts that businesses will rely on intelligent automation to manage 85 percent of customer relationships by 2020.

Are Chatbots primed to replace call center executives?

Chatbots can effectively facilitate interactions between a call center executive and customer by providing the insights and recommendations that can help resolve an issue.

Drones:

Drones have quickly evolved from being just an unmanned aerial vehicle that can simply capture high-quality images to a strategic armed device used by the military to engage enemies.

Apart from this morbid usage of drones, It is also used for safety surveillance in chimneys and other high leveled areas, security monitoring, aerially dousing out of flames for the fire department, storm tracking and much more.

Ideally, drones ensure human safety by performing tasks that would leave a human vulnerable to threats of height, substances, and explosions.

According to McKinsey, by 2026, commercial drones—both corporate and consumer applications—will have an annual impact of $31 billion to $46 billion on the country’s GDP.

Integrating drones with the ability to think for itself via machine learning could reopen the apocalypse debate especially with drones being armed with deadly weapons – yet they still require a human touch in the form of algorithms or more to actually expand their functions.

AI Powered Cars:

Gartner predicts that by 2020, a quarter billion connected vehicles will enable new in-vehicle services and automated driving capabilities.

For most car aficionados, it is rather thought-provoking to imagine that machines could replace humans behind the wheels. The thrill of your first ride or breezing through a scenic drive could soon be something that future generations read in a historical archive.

Automated car technology has truly made massive strides. These bot driven vehicles use both internal and external sensors to smoothly navigate to your destinations. Connected sensors could also encompass CCTV cameras on the road, traffic signals, other connected cars and many more devices that could possibly control traffic or limit speeds – enhancing passenger safety.

Automated drivers don’t get angry, drunk or frustrated; emotions or state of mind that lead to the immense causality lists of road accidents throughout the globe.

Cyborgs:

Our perception of Cyborgs is somehow always associated with a Hollywood rendition of killer bots taking over humanity.

Cyborgs are possibly something we unknowingly witness on a daily basis. From cochlear implants, pacemakers to bionic arms, integrating cyborg technology into human flesh can make the deaf hear, the heartbeat and provide the extra limb.

Factories are already doubling their budgets on acquiring automated bots that provide cheaper, more capable and flexible technologies to enhance productivity.

Cyborgs can also substitute humans in life-threatening jobs like diffusing bombs, cyborg soldiers and more – In short, Cyborgs are set to improve our quality of life in every sphere.

Conclusion:

As AI innovation keeps spawning on a rapid basis, are we geared to accept this inevitable shift from man to machine based workforce?

Probably not, throughout the annals of mankind we have stood our ground against unprecedented change, just like it was during the industrial revolution, a time of anarchy and chaos against the use of automated machines to run factories.

Eventually, the industrial revolution created more jobs than were destroyed – a similar precedent could follow in the age of AI, though a completely contradictory notion to most doomsday naysayers.

Ambiguity is needed to evaluate the benefits that AI could bring. After all, the fabric of Ai is to enhance not disrupt human intelligence