AI and humans: Will the technology end up replacing us?

AI has managed to beat humans on certain fronts. Should we be worried?
Loukia Papadopoulos

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Artificial intelligence (AI) has bested humanity on several fronts: at calculations, at games like Jeopardy!, StarCraft, and chess, on a simulated dog fight against a real Air Force pilot 'flying' an F-16 Viper fighter jet, and more. A recent study even found that the technology can successfully identify weak points in human behaviors and habits — and leverage this intel to manipulate human decision-making.

AI, however, is entirely dependent on the data we give it. Feed the system the wrong amount of data or biased datasets, and the AI itself will end up inaccurate or flawed. Technology research and consulting company Gartner predicts that, through 2022, 85 percent of AI projects will deliver erroneous outcomes.

AI is also incapable of human emotions and human creativity. AI can’t empathize, feel compassion, deal with the unknown, and can't produce any creative work without first being trained on human works. What do these limitations indicate?

Perhaps AI is best as a partner to humanity and not a leader. Both AI systems and humans have an inherent value which means the goal shouldn’t be to replace humans with AI but rather to augment human intelligence with AI. Can you think of a better solution than that?

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