Artificial Intelligence has certainly lived up to its expectations. The predictive learning algorithms have got us on the edge of our seats. As if the hype wasn’t enough, AI has started making inroads into our personal lives. From highly sensitive surgical activities to something as basic as answering general questions, artificial intelligence has taken over the world. Major breakthroughs in cancer treatment are a clear depiction of the extent to which AI has influenced our lives. Self-driving cars, physical as well as virtual robot assistants, self-assisted industrial machinery, and quantum computing are just a few examples of the many incredible applications of artificial intelligence.
No More Scepticism: AI May Reinvent the Way We Invent
AI has made headways into almost all types of industries in the world. Although the success rate of its applications is high, many people are dubious about the medical uses of AI. The uncertainty circulating its use in healthcare is a combination of ethical boundaries and more obviously, the trust and precision associated with their use on the human body. With predictive analysis at the fore of several applications, AI is winning over the sceptics. The fascinating scale has been taken up a notch and the success of AI has overpowered the negativities, so much so that critics are quickly warming up to automated machines. The aspects of artificial intelligence such as machine learning, data algorithms, and predictive analysis have completely changed human perception. The core aspect of any technology is the process of trial and errors and the error-rate is high in the initial stages commercialization of any product. Having said that, the use of artificial intelligence may help mitigate these errors, thereby incurring comparatively less cost of manufacturing. To sum it all, these factors may soon transform the way products are manufactured thereby accounting for reduced upfront investment.
With AI at the core of several embedded systems, following are some of the technologies that we may witness in the coming years:
- Transportation: With millions of accidents in public transport systems every year, AI could help curb these incidents.
- Healthcare: Quantum computing and molecular advances have opened up a huge potential for healthcare advancements.
- Bionics: Advancements in bionics may enable communication directly with the human brain.
- Agriculture: With a massive global demand, scientists are working on developing ways to enhance agricultural yield and produce through AI and robotics.
The Risks Behind the ‘Imitation Game’
Although robots were initially used for entertainment purposes, humans could never really settle at just entertainment. The first-ever robot-assisted surgery in 1985 revolving around the PUMA 560 created mixed feelings among people. Although the PUMA 560 won many accolades, many people appeared to raise questions of safety. Fast forward 2019, artificial intelligence seems to have answered almost all of these questions. The degree of precision and accuracy involved in the use of AI is incredible, and the barriers of safety are fading away. Robots are imitating humans in a way no one could have imagined. The use of AI & robots in manual labor besides conducting repetitive tasks has been exceptional. Despite all benefits and safety issues, factors such as giving control of your own body to AI and welcoming an invasion of privacy to automated software are bound to raise several issues.
Have We Gone Too Far?
The fact that artificial intelligence is on its road to becoming better than human intelligence is somewhat scary. The biggest challenge faced by AI developers is creating an environment where humans will still have the majority of control in the human-AI relationship. Although we may rely on robots to perform our tasks, it should then be us who can tell the same robots when to stop and when to act. Although the advancements in AI-integrated concepts are commendable, the fact remains, that we as humans must not get carried away and keep working with regard to a human-integrated ecosystem.