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Where is AI going? Is it harmful? Everything about Artificial Intelligence

A rather famous sci-fi movie by the ever so brilliant Stanley Kubrick called 2001 : A Space Odyssey talks at length about the relationship we share with advancing AI equipment in a rather figurative tone. Be it 1968, when that movie was made or today, when we’ve achieved a million more milestones in the same domain, a major concern that remains common throughout decades is that if whether or not AI would take over or replace humans completely or not.

As fascinating as it sounds, a technological coup by man made smart machinery, though plausible, is somewhat improbable at the same time. Artificial intelligence goes on making our lives easier with every passing day but how many of these systems can actually, truly replicate human emotions? While we can see that it operates with utmost proficiency when working with humans, but can it truly take over in all aspects? The answer is no.

The next question that arises is, should this rapid change be welcomed or feared? Every technological invention or even scientific discovery till date has been looked at with a lens of suspicion from day one. Be it the fact that the earth is round or the invention of telephone, later followed by computers, man has always had a natural tendency of looking at advancements with a skeptical mindset and why not? After all, blind optimism in any case can be hazardous.

AI revolution is a welcome change; a path which should be treaded on cautiously, though. If we look at from a realistic point of view, we’ll realise that the major issue that’s affecting the minds of the general population in a latent manner, giving birth to this question of whether or not AI will overpower humans some day, etches from the fact that a number of human labour intensive employment opportunities are being lost due to the efficiency and speed that AI has to offer.

A major issue that affects most of the population is the speed at which AI is advancing, shortening the life span of machinery and human specialisation in certain fields, giving rise to rapis rate of obsolescence of both human and machine capacity to work in the same profile in the same domain. Another way of looking at the same is, how some optimists argue that AI creates more jobs than it takes but in order to acknowledge that, one must look at the same from a broader perspective. With rampant increase in the number of sophisticated models being curated even for the simplest of taks, be it on the manufacturing or marketing or even research end, we need humans to drive these operations with utmost efficiency.

Apart from that, the general misconception that needs to be addressed is that these machines are “all rounders.” The truth is that most of these machines are designed to serve a specific purpose and are efficient at solving a given task or problem. What we see in all the science fiction movies and books is actually far from what the realistic function of AI is. Most of them are specifically intelligent instead of having a good command over regular and general humanlike intelligence in all spheres.

In conclusion, as much as we would like to believe, AI cannot exist purely in isolation and ultimately, will need some sort of human intervention, meaning that it will work with human beings till the time it doesn’t gain a human equivalent of a functional emotional conscience and a system of intelligence that isn’t based solely on the factual information that it is fed, like in most cases today.

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