Start with drones and move to driverless cars, and you get to the truth we all know and cherish – artificial intelligence makes all our lives more colorful, convenient, and fun. Even so, people seem to be very concerned about artificial intelligence and the rapid changes it makes. Their reasoning is quite fierce – AI is becoming an economic force, and fast.
According to Forbes, the investment in AI development in 2016 ranged somewhere between $8 and $12 billion on a worldwide level. Goldstein Research analysts predict that this number will rise to $14 billion by 2023. What this means is that AI is evolving faster than anyone could have anticipated, which brings us to the question:
Is Artificial Intelligence Taking Over Our Lives?
No matter how hard you search, there isn’t a set answer to this overwhelming question. Since its beginnings, AI evolved to such high level, it comes closer and closer to human-like intelligence every day. Some tech experts claim that it has a potential to transform our lives to the better, while others think that AI will soon lead to a downfall of the human world. And finally, there are those who have the split opinion, claiming that AI will not beat the people since it will always lack the human intelligence and emotions, but it certainly comes with dangers.
The purpose of AI is to solve problems and help people, which is seen rather clearly in the fact that its most popular products are Alexa by Amazon and Siri by Apple, along with the Autopilot by Tesla. That being said, the questions about the potential of AI asked in the recent past are already answered – it will be revolutionary.
In fact, many believe that it already is. Automation has already gone forward with replacing humans with software and machines. We’ve gone so far that AI already takes part in the decisions we make in life or at least aids us in the process. It is literally tracking our every move online and uses it to provide us with what we need. So, if you are slightly wary of letting go of the control, you are definitely not going to like the fact that there are already assistants that affect the way people shop!
The bottom line is, no one can guarantee what will happen, but you are free to build your own opinion by measuring the pros and cons.
Advantages of Artificial Intelligence
By nature, artificial intelligence is very complex. To be able to replicate human beings’ cognitive abilities, artificial intelligence still has a long way to go. But at this point, the obvious advantages it offers to the human kind are the following:
1. Error reduction
The chances of reaching a great degree of accuracy and precision are more than possible with the help of AI. In fact, robots are already fed with important information and sent to space to explore it. They are more resistant and therefore have the ability to endure the hostile atmosphere, reducing the chances for error.
2. Easier exploration
Many human limitations have already come to an end, and the exploration is on the rise. Thanks to robot programming, we are already putting AI to use in fuel exploration, ocean exploration, etc.
3. Easier living
As we previously mentioned, AI brought us assistants to help in our everyday lives not that long ago. With the ladies Siri and Cortana, we have a lot of help when we need it. That’s just the beginning. Right now, today, can you imagine traveling without GPS?
4. Fewer repetitions
All those monotonous jobs people had to do in the past are now really in the past. With the help of AI, people can do things much faster and easier, which leads to fewer repetitions and more time to finish the job. Since the time and speed are just calculation-based parameters, they can be adjusted.
5. Wide medical applications
We can find AI in every area, including medicine. Doctors use AI to assess the health risks and the conditions of their patients, as well as keep themselves educated about medicines and their side effects. In fact, modern medical institutions are training their surgeons and other medical personnel with the help of AI surgery stimulators and other useful tools.
6. No more breaks
When a machine is given the task to do something, it doesn’t need a break to be more productive. They can work for long hours and continuously, without losing focus or motivation.
Disadvantages of Artificial Intelligence
1. High costs
As you probably concluded at the beginning of this article, artificial intelligence comes with extremely high costs. We are speaking of complex machines that do not only need to be created but also maintained and repaired on regular basis.
2. No imagination and creativity
Creativity is the forte of humans, not of artificial intelligence. And while AI can help you choose, create, and design, it cannot possibly match the human intelligence and the power to imagine and create.
3. Taking over jobs
When most people think of AI taking over the world, they refer to the biggest risk that comes with developing it – unemployment. Humans are replaced with machines on daily basis, leading to unemployment on a large-scale.
The truth is out there – artificial intelligence has proven to be faster and more efficient in many tasks, including the fact that it eliminates human error. But, while some believe that it closes job opportunities for the actual humans, which is a definite case, others claim that AI is a ‘blessing in disguise’.
The bottom line is – AI is here to stay. This can reap many benefits for the human kind, and also bring disadvantages, but the truth remains that AI is not going anywhere. Considering the effects it has on improving the humankind it is no wonder that its development is running so fast. However, it remains up to you to decide whether this will affect us on a positive or negative note in the future.