What would humans be left to do if machines start performing all tasks out there?
As Stephen Hawking once said, Artificial Intelligence “can be the best thing to happen to us – or the worse or the last”. Pop culture surely had a massive fault in feeding such ideas into our human minds – we can see it through movies like Ex Machina or the classic I, Robot, or through more recent streaming shows like Love, Death and Robots.
Technology has evolved along with us throughout the decades, from one device to another, more and more complex. Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is a relatively new technology – and a great advancement in the field. It is believed that around 30% of jobs have been replaced by robots, and up to 40% will be replaced in the near future.
But how does this relate to Artificial Intelligence? Well – it is all thanks to Digital Transformation.
Digital Transformation & Automation
As we have mentioned many times before, the world is currently going through its Fourth Industrial Revolution – a historic moment in which we are able to witness the development of machines into a more digital state that merges our physical world with a virtual one.
And an essential component of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is Digital Transformation. Another subject we have talked about, Digital Transformation has the goal for organizations to improve their efficiency and innovation through technology.
Digital Transformation is composed of any technology that allows people to be more practical and produce more value into their work. Automation is a very important aspect of Digital Transformation, as it has the goal to provide technology that has little to no human intervention.
And this is where AI comes in.
Will Artificial Intelligence Dominate the World?
AI is closely tied with automation – after all, for machines to perform tasks without human intervention, and for Machine Learning to be fully used, the intelligence behind these functions must be artificial.
Therefore, automation would englobe the economy, with AI machines taking over jobs before performed by humans, or taking over mass productions in manufactories – as we mentioned in the beginning of this article.
And this possibility is known as the AI Takeover.
The phenomenon is made up of hypotheses in which robots and machines take over the entirety of the workforce, leaving humanity in a crisis. And, in this moment of ultimate power and control, it will be determined that artificial intelligence has dominated over our own.
One exaggerated and fun example of this is an episode of the mentioned show Love, Death & Robots – in one of its tales set in the future, domestic robots have total control of households and the humans living in each house. The satire in it is that, by not following instructions correctly, those said machines can turn themselves against someone and chase any person that does not comply to their rules.
Such folklore feeds on the popular belief that AI machines will indeed dominate humankind and, eventually, destroy us.
But not all is lost.
Machines are prone to error, and may not have the efficient hands of doctors, or the social skills of customer service or HR professionals, or the creativity of artists.
In truth, AI has a place in each of these fields – as assistance. Forbes has a great read on such different areas in which AI cannot perform. And they defend an intelligence duo – how will humans and machines work together?
The article states that Artificial Intelligence is a great technological advancement that will serve to help humans make discoveries faster, make treatments more effective and perform tasks easier. AI won’t replace human labour, but rather we will be the ones to determine how AI is used – we will draw the line.
Besides – humans cannot be completely replaced and wiped out, since humanity is, by default and instinct, always thriving to survive and reinvent itself.
And, without humans, who will create all this awesome technology, after all?