Artificial intelligence, once viewed as the end to mankind, is now the bread and butter of human development, allowing us to expand and capitalise on the world around us.
A.I and data
A.I has formed a partnership with data that in most cases, the human brain cannot replicate. It is common knowledge that A.I has the ability to handle, decode and filter data at a much higher processing rate than a single human. The reason for this is due to A.I being built with iterative algorithms which makes data logically easier to decipher. While the human brain has many remarkable qualities, A.I is stripped of any characteristics that a human possess that may hinder the task; from boredom, to tiredness, A.I is able to complete even the most menial, repetitive task accurately, day after day.
This means that industries where data accuracy is critical, such as insurance and finance, where large amount of data are imported daily, A.I can take the pressure of the workforce. This allows them to focus on bigger tasks where the correct data can then be used as a foundation.
Importance of A.I
Ultimately, A.I is the key to digital transformation within a company. By being able to streamline certain processes (in particular menial, data heavy tasks) you can improve productivity from a task that otherwise would have taken more time or have been open to human error.
A.I also allows the workforce to utilise their full potential when it comes to aspects A.I cannot replicate. By using A.I to generate the required data, this can help back up any other tasks the workforce may encounter such as strategic planning and communication. While A.I cannot carry out these human tasks, the data they produce can assist and augment the execution of these jobs.
Limitations to A.I
Ultimately, A.I does have its limitations. While it can be hailed as a saving grace for freeing up human capabilities, it may end up replacing the human workforce. If a specific individual is hired to extract the data as opposed to interpretating it, they end up becoming redundant.
Other restricting factors include the limits to the intelligence. While processing capabilities appear unchallenged, no matter how smart the machine, it simply cannot replicate the human brain’s abilities to react organically, without an algorithm being amended. This means that tasks that involve creativity or idea generation cannot be completed by A.I.
A.I and the humanistic quality
On the other hand, in an article published on 27thNovember by The Independent, researchers in Tokyo have been able to build A.I that reacts to the spontaneous behaviours of animals. It is this idea of A.I autonomy that is a breakthrough at bridging the gap between robotic and human.
By being able to react in an emotive way, shows furthermore how intricate and ever evolving A.I can be. However, what application does this have on the real world? Could A.I with human qualities replace humans altogether? While this advancement is significant, it will be sometime before we are seeing humanoid A.I as with the film Ex-Machina. A.I is a progressive tool that will inevitably become integrated in our daily lives, whether we realise it or not.