A machine with a human mind

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Artificial intelligence, aka AI, is the concept of machines/computers that can be programmed to “think” like humans. It enables machines to process information, learn, and solve problems in a way similar to human cognition.

AI has the potential to transform many industries by automating repetitive tasks, making better use of human talent and creativity, and improving the way humans live and work. By feeding AI data and letting it figure out patterns by itself, it can perform the task repeatedly with high accuracy, whereas humans might make mistakes.

As technology advances, previous benchmarks that defined artificial intelligence become outdated. Researchers and developers in the field are making surprisingly rapid strides in mimicking activities such as learning, reasoning, and perception. AI algorithms can now be applied in various industries, such as healthcare, finance, and logistics, to perform tasks such as diagnosing disease, predicting stock market trends, scheduling deliveries, and more.


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Although this technical advancement has been met with skepticism and uncertainty, it is undeniable that AI fuels an explosion in efficiency and opens the door to more opportunities for enterprises and in general, humans. With the ability to store, process, and analyze, AI tools have the ability to detect patterns, predict outcomes and act accordingly with relatively few errors.

As a result, AI is being used in a number of sectors and industries, with an endless range of applications. The healthcare sector has started to employ the assistance of AI in dosing and tailored treatment, as well as in surgical procedures. Every time AI-powered machines take action, they must weigh the consequences. In self-driving cars, a typical example of AI usage, the computer network must account for all the external data and compute it so as to drive in a way that prevents collisions.

Some sectors are at the start of their AI journey, others are veteran explorers. Both have a long way to go. Regardless, the impact AI is having on our present day lives is hard to ignore.


A more profound transition in store for humanity

With all mentioned power, the raging question is will AI replace humans? While it is true that AI will assume more and more of the responsibilities that people bear today, it still requires input and maintenance from humans. As AI gets better at knowing the right answers, humans will also get better at knowing what questions to ask. Therefore, humans will not be replaced any time soon in roles that require true originality and unconventional thinking.

Realistically some jobs are repetitive or require excessive analysis might be taken over by AI. But this also means humans will have more time for other important and meaningful tasks. Whether AI is beneficial or threatening depends on our perspective and what we value. If we permit AI to work for us, we will spend less of our energy on tedious, repeatable, soulless tasks and more of it developing human relationships.

The future in which machine learning takes over most of our jobs will take several decades. The transition will surely be disruptive and requires us to adapt and reinvent ourselves and society as a whole. But it could be the greatest thing that has ever happened to humanity.

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