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How Can AI and Humans Work Together?

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In the movie Bicentennial Man, Robin Williams plays a robot that transforms people’s lives by helping them make their everyday tasks easier to accomplish- things like opening the window, cooking dinner, and cleaning the house. Although the trailer claimed that every household would have an all-in-one robot by 2005, a commercially available, massively-adopted robot who can do those things is still pretty far away.

Several features of the robot are, however, available as cutting-edge AI technology. Take the Roomba 614 Self-Charging Robot Vacuum. Standing at 3.6 inches, it can clean the hardest to reach places in your kitchen, again, making your life easier. Like Bicentenial Man, the iRobot Roomba is the quintessential example of how humans and artificial intelligence should work together. AI should make our lives easier and we should let it runs its course.

Some people fear that technology is taking away people’s work ethic, much like the future pictured in the movie, Wall-E. In the film, everyone ends up on a spaceship because earth becomes an uninhabitable, toxic wasteland filled with trash. The spaceship that people live on is filled with countless automated features, rendering their day-to-day tasks meaningless. Many of the people in the movie have become obese because everything has become so automated that people do not have to do anything.

These two different scenarios then raise the question, where do we draw the line between being overly-reliant on technology and using it only for the betterment of our lives?

Can technology and AI really develop and advance too much? My answer is no. One person can probably have too many AI products or rely on AI too much—Siri: walk me upstairs and put me to sleep. However, there is still a ton of growth to be made in automation with artificial intelligence, and we shouldn’t be anything besides excited for that.

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People argue that technology will replace humans. To an extent they are right, but not totally. Yes, self-checkout will probably replace the cashier at almost every grocery store. However, think of the new jobs and companies that are becoming available to manufacture self-check outs? Think of apps like Instacart that replace the shopper instead of the cashier.

Industries replace themselves and evolve through technology. It is our job to keep up with the trends and make the most needed skills available for emerging job-seekers to learn.

We have to work with AI and not against it. Its rise in prominence will only grow- this is inevitable. The world will become more automated. But we can’t fight this technological revolution out of fear of becoming too lazy or overly dependent. We should work with it and use AI to develop things that our ancestors could have only dreamed of.

Closing thoughts.

With the quest to singularity being of-reach within the next two decades, people are becoming increasingly curious about how AI and humans can coexist in peace. However, the truth is we have already begun working together alongside artificial intelligence, slowly transforming the world we live in.

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John DeCleene
Whilst having spent a lot of his life in Asia, John DeCleene has lived and studied all over the world - including spells in Hong Kong, Mexico, The U.S. and China. He graduated with a BA in Political Science from Tulane University in 2016. Fluent in English and proficient in Mandarin and Spanish, he can communicate and connect with most of the world’s population too, and this certainly helped John as he gained work experience interning for the U.S.-Taiwan Business counsel in Washington D.C. as an investment analyst and then working alongside U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey of Pennsylvania as a legislative intern. He subsequently worked as a business analyst for a mutual fund in Singapore, where his passion for travel and aptitude for creating connections between opportunities and ideas was the perfect intersection of natural ability and experience, spending his time travelling between Cambodia, Hong Kong, and China investigating and discovering untapped investment opportunities. John is a fund manager for OCIM’s fintech fund, and currently progressing towards becoming a CFA charter holder. He loves to travel for business and pleasure, having visited 38 countries (including North Korea); he represents the new breed of global citizen for the 21st century.

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  2. Nice review John. Certainly, many companies have used AI to automate processes. Firms achieve the most significant performance improvements when humans and machines work together. Through such collaborative intelligence, humans and AI enhance each other’s complementary strengths like leadership, teamwork, creativity, speed and social skills, and scalability, and quantitative capabilities of the latter. Business requires both kinds of capabilities. For a better vision, you can go through these links here->
    https://www.navedas.com/why-artificial-intelligence-isnt-always-the-answer/ and https://hbr.org/2018/07/collaborative-intelligence-humans-and-ai-are-joining-forces.

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