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The AI fear — Extinction of human workforce



"The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race."  — Stephen Hawking [1]

The time when computers came into existence, people feared that it would take away their jobs. But the reality was completely opposite. It created more jobs and everything was back to its place. As the world moves on, our life should get better and better. Technology is progressing at a faster pace than we could ever think. Research and development work is helping mankind to eradicate many diseases. Many AI systems have been developed which surpasses humans in their own field. For example, it can predict brain tumor 21% more accurately than radiologist [2]. It is also said that AI will be mankind’s last invention [3]. And then there will be AI, inventing new systems for us. When it is self-aware, it’s going to take over humans completely. This is possible in next couple of decades. Research in AI is rapidly increasing and billions of dollars are poured into it. Jobs which are repetitive in nature are definitely going to be replaced in next two years or so.

In this era, adapting to changes is very important. Otherwise you are easily replaceable. Settling in life is no more exciting now. Even the successful people are constantly trying to improve themselves daily. Skills, in different domains, is getting popular nowadays. Learning to master how to grasp new things is way more important for survival. Era has begun where survival of the fittest is guaranteed.

Although the fear of AI is getting hyped, it’s not going to rule over us. Replacing some jobs is improbable by robots as of now. Humans together with AI systems can build a better world. Because there are some areas where humans lack the capability for example in nanotechnology. AI system can do robust research in it. We cannot imagine the profound effect of nano technology in different fields. This can alone generate more opportunities for humans to explore.

Development of intelligent machines can help us to focus on those areas where humans intelligent is essential. So the fear of AI is avertable only when we understand the opportunities it can generate. Researchers all around the world are trying to use AI tools in collaborative fashion for human benefits and not to replace us. We need to focus on evolution of workforce where AI systems augment humans to carry out the task efficiently.

Mexson Fernandes

Developer who loves to solve problems.
“Things look simple when they’re done.” — RoboMex

Comments

  1. “The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed." -William Gibson
    We are already in age of AI where we can see : MIT researchers have developed a computer interface that can transcribe words that the user verbalizes internally but does not actually speak aloud.
    AI is everywhere around us, we are looking for the time when it will be embedded to our daily life things. Justifying the thought its not evenly distributed. In this age of AI there would be more ease to humans which wouldn't be possible normally. This should not carry the thought of extinction of human workforce or replacing jobs. Robots are being used best where human risks his life to do some laborious efforts. We will still need people to handle them. Humans are the lubricant between task and AI to work things perfectly. There will be more number of jobs as well as skilled jobs where the rate of risky jobs would be very less or the goal is to eliminate them from system by AI.

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