Debunking AI Myths and Misconceptions

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undefinedThere is a lot of debate going on about how Artificial Intelligence (AI) will shape our future, for better or for worse. There are a lot of known benefits to AI, like better healthcare, a more efficient workflow, and broadly reducing the chance for human error in any industry.

While these benefits have become tangible in our daily lives, there is still a lot of grey area around the application of AI and how it will impact our future. Will AI become too powerful? Is there a future world in which humans will be replaced by their automated counterparts?

In truth, most of the horror stories we hear about AI are misconceptions. Unlike robots, humans have a natural ability to make their own choices about what tomorrow will look like.

Artificial Intelligence Increase Unemployment

The biggest argument against AI is that technological advancement will reduce the need for human capital. While this is true in some industries, particularly those heavy in manual labor, it does not mean jobs will disappear.

What it does mean is tedious jobs that require a lot of time with little payout, like data-entry and telemarketing, will be automated. These upgrades won’t replace the human workforce, but rather free people up to be more productive and efficient on a daily basis. While some doors close in the labor market, others will open offering the future workforce more meaningful and less mundane roles. Additionally, automation will reduce the opportunity for human error, allowing workers to get more done with a greater level of confidence.

Machines Will Outsmart Us

From our cell phones to our smart assistants, we see AI-powered devices getting “smarter” every day. There is a misconception that these computers will become so intelligent that they will no longer depend on humans to operate.

undefinedWhat most people fail to think about is how the machine learning process takes place. Humans give AI devices the resources necessary to grow and adapt through extensive programming. Before AI, humans had an incredible amount of knowledge and creativity but did not have the technology to exercise it. Now, after decades of research and trial-and-error, humans are turning this knowledge into codes that machines can understand, like speech and facial recognition.  AI is really the result of what lives inside a programmers mind; thus, it is unlikely that machines will outsmart us in the future because we’ve designed them.

Robots Don’t Learn From Their Mistakes

Part of the skepticism behind AI is that machines don’t learn from their mistakes because they live in a world of black and white. Robots aren’t intuitive by nature like humans, and won’t cease operations because of a bad gut feeling.

Contrary to this belief, AI companies are on track to teach machines how to reflect on past actions, just like a human might. Going back to basic psychology, AI devices can be trained to better understand what defines success and failure based on a system of rewards.  

Human Capacity is Limited

Humans will always be superior to their robot-counterparts in the sense that they can exercise judgment and think through tough situations. Emotions are arguably our greatest weakness and most defining feature.  Machines can learn, store, and share information at an incredible rate, but do not have the moral compass to handle complex situations. That being said, AI ultimately has the power the overcome the limited bandwidth that humans have. AI-powered devices do not lose interest in their work or require 6-8 hours of sleep, either.

Moving forward, we should be ready and willing to explore the unknown applications of AI. While it is rapidly changing the way we live our lives, it is also making us more intelligent, productive, and better-equipped to handle future obstacles.   

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