AI will augment humans so they might never overtake

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Especially since sci-fi fans became enthralled with the ominous twist in Kubrick’s classic “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the rise of AI in our current technological environment elicits many concerns about one day succumbing to computer overlords. I believe these fears are legitimate, as they are being studied seriously. My take is that this fear should be leveraged to guide research toward how to make sure it doesn’t happen.
 
However, the reality of today’s practical implementations of artificial intelligence focus on how machine learning techniques and predictive data analytics can *enhance* and *augment* the workflows and processes performed by humans. The intension is not to replace, but to help people work more productively, with more accuracy, or get to the “next level” of the type of work they perform.
 
What I find particularly interesting is how humans can collaborate with AI to expand our creativity and innovate in ways that we may not have been able to conceive without the shared insights or capabilities enabled through machine learning not otherwise possible for the human brain.
 
And, this is why today’s artificial intelligence applications must still be collaborative — the human brain can still perform certain tasks impossible for AI and AI can now perform certain other tasks that are impossible for the human brain. So, my expectation is that we will see the merging of AI and Humans long before we see AI overlords squash the human species into servants of digital fiefdoms. Then, as we instead become one with AI, we would experience a sort of evolution of our species that will preclude the possibility of becoming the slave.
 
 

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Last updated September 16, 2021