Tracing AI in our daily lives.
From science-fiction novels to the movies, we are taught and shown of how Artificial Intelligence (AI) can affect the future and how we live. Are we really there yet? The truth is we are more than just there because computer scientists and programmers have been intertwining it with our daily lives without us even noticing it.
For example, when you talk with Siri, Google Assistant or Cortana, browse Netflix or Spotify, find connections on Facebook or Instagram or use an Android TV or Chromecast, you have already been in touch with AI through automated suggestions given to you. Those suggestions aren’t just so happened to be there by itself, it is an AI or machine that is doing the work for you and interacting with you for your convenience without you even realising it.
AI has been with us longer that we knew.
Many people thought AI is something from the future. The reality is, since the 1950s, the computer scientists and mathematicians have been studying AI. Given the advancement in computer technology and internet speed, especially with the rapid technology evolvement in the past two years, AI is becoming smarter and getting more intelligent. So, should you be worried for a cybernetic agent from Skynet in the future taking over the world yet like in the movie Terminator? Well, not exactly yet. Currently, an AI needs to be programmed manually by a computer programmer and it is not an easy task because it would need a machine, little more than a toddler, to recognise the difference between one item and the next.
Machine Learning capabilities of the AI.
Machine Learning is a form of AI. Just like a child, a machine has to learn by experience and also using a set of algorithms. It then translates those algorithms or tweaked them in order to achieve its goals. The more the machine learns, the smarter it gets. With the advancement of technology, it makes it easier and faster for the machine to learn, but also with limitations in technology, there is a ceiling up to a point where a machine may not be able to learn. Machines have definitely not yet learned to take revenge on human society, but it has definitely made the jobs of human societies easier and lesser by taking over jobs that are repetitive, while you focus more on the idea and strategy of your next move.
Could your job be replaced by AI? Stay futuristic.
What you have to be worried about is whether the machines have the capability in taking over your job? In such situation, would your job soon be obsolete? Just like how digitalisation has eradicated the role of the highway toll plaza’s cashier, it soon can turn most commercial transactions, supply chain processes, recurring or repetitive works into an automated form and dispense a lot of redundant human jobs that do not require much thought process. Be there as it may, AI could not replace human touch. Hence, we need to have a futuristic view and equip ourselves with human touch skills such as people management, creativity and arts, ability to interact and connect with people with emotion and empathy, etc.