Autonomous driving is already a reality, and the big breakthrough to the consumer segment seemingly imminent. But Artificial Intelligence can do much more than just drive cars. Computers help hire employees and robots help our children with their homework. So what's left for us to do?
Machines once just handled heavy physical tasks. Now they're helping us think. The areas in which research on Artificial Intelligence (AI) have been conducted are as fascinating as they are numerous. The military wants to use robots to help save soldiers' lives. Voice recognition software in our smartphones writes text messages for us when we dictate them. They are even able to learn, such as correct spellings of words they don't know.
Robots and AI in medicine
In the field of medicine, computers are being fed enormous volumes of data to better classify doctor's findings — such as for the detection of tumor cells. Young cancer cells that are almost impossible for the human eye to detect can be detected in mere seconds by AI. The software compares data and findings from thousands of patients and physicians the world over. This puts the AI in a position to create a diagnosis even during early stages of the illness, which significantly increases the patient's chances of recovery. Another example: There are now apps that can tell by listening to the user's voice whether that person might suffer from Parkinson's later in life — or not.
AI as a job killer?
The flip side of AI: more and more jobs appear to be likely to be taken over by robots in the next ten to 30 years.
The receptionist in a hotel foyer could well soon be replaced by an AI robot. Bank consultants are also threatened in the medium term.
Software based on best practices for investing already exist and deploy intelligent behavior to learn and process much more information than any human can. As such, artificial intelligent makes better investment decisions possible.
Our Future with AI
Many applications sound like they came from a science-fiction novel. What's clear is this: AI is still far away from any 'universal' intelligence. Based on the current state of the art, it seems like a Utopian hope that robots will be able to understand emotion. But not an impossibility.
As far as professional life is concerned, there will be more than enough for people to do in the future. Artificial intelligence will increasingly take over simple forms of work. Yet in the creative segment, as well as architecture, design and engineering, AI is far from becoming a viable alternative.
Artificial Intelligence will improve our lives. And increasingly eliminate certain mental tasks. It will provide us more space for tasks that bring joy. And will revolutionize the working world.
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