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We all remember the opening moments of Terminator 2: Judgement Day. The movie begins with the funeral shots of a post-apocalyptic city that has delved into darkness for centuries. Burnt-out cars, a ruined playground with swings squeaking in the wind, and robots smashing human skulls are scattered around. A gruesome voice declares, “Los Angeles. 2029”. Back in 1991, when James Cameron released his revolutionary blockbuster, 2029 was in a far and distant future. Well, it’s 2020 already, and in my humble opinion, “Skynet” took over much earlier than Sarah Connor had expected.

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Humanity has been working hard to convince itself it is, indeed, the pinnacle of evolution. It’s as if there’s someone or something that’s trying to challenge this assumption. We are undeniably the most sophisticated among the species, yet the road to superiority has been long and lacking direction. Despite our alleged dominance, we have committed a profusion of mistakes – so many that there isn’t a system capable of calculating them, let alone measuring the impact they provoked. People are prone to making mistakes and there is nothing we can do about it. 

#4promedia tries to predict what we may win and what might happen if we suffer defeat in the game called “Artificial Intelligence.”

Future of the medical industry

The primary sector that the artificial mind has advanced tremendously up to now is medicine. Humans have used the knowledge and experience, that has often come at a high, cost to teach machines to conduct the most complicated manipulations accurately and impassively. 

The most precise diagnosis processes and cutting-edge surgeries wouldn’t have been possible without the assistance of artificial intellect. Factors like localization, accuracy, and precision are of utmost importance for present-day radio-surgical interventions, and the application of AI allows us to achieve incredible results and dramatically lessens the possibility of human error. 

The technology is also widely used in predicting the outcome of life-threatening diseases such as cancer, neurological disorders, and cardiological problems. Medical colleges and universities currently use artificial simulators to train surgeons and model various scenarios for surgical intervention. Improving diagnosis, predicting responses to therapy, and treatment planning are just a few examples of AI implementations in the medical industry. Hopefully, medicine will benefit from many other contributions in the near future.

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Non-stop performance

Compared to a machine, a human worker or laborer is replete with weaknesses. Being biological creatures, humans have multiple needs and inabilities that can lead to drawbacks or inefficiencies when we’re talking about manufacturing or operating processes. Aircrafts crash because a flight dispatcher is exhausted, stressed out, or fails to obey the requirements of his job description. Oil rigs catch on fire due to human errors. 

People must take breaks and eat food whilst sleep is essential. They may lose vigilance performing repetitive or monotonous operations. Wherever a human being is involved, the limits of their nature puts any process in jeopardy, regardless of its importance or risk.

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As opposed to people, robots are programmed for long hours and can continuously perform without getting bored or distracted. A machine’s major benefit over humans is its efficiency and reliability. Robots aren’t affected by external factors, even if the job requires multiple repetitive actions, and they’re always fresh and ready to keep going, 24/7. Consequently, failures due to fatigue are excluded when an object controlled by artificial intelligence is performing.

Cold-minded and rational decision making

We often fear, hesitate, expect, wish, hope, and assume when it comes to decision making. It always takes time, and in many situations, it becomes vital to make quick, balanced, and logical decisions without letting our emotions interfere with the way we deal with the matter. AI-powered decision making is controlled by harnessing the power of algorithms; there is no scope for emotional decision making. This ensures that efficiency isn’t affected and productivity increases.

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Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Our world would have been the Promised Land if everything hadn’t had its B-side. Artificial intelligence is such a complex and all-embracing concept that, alongside its indisputable virtues, it possesses a number of incontrovertible and rather persuasive flaws.

Big-budget implementation

Evidently, the cost of purchasing and installing machines like these is ultra-expensive. Despite their contribution to long-term perspectives and potential for businesses, AI-powered machines are still beyond the financial capacity of an average company. Apart from that, there are also repairs and maintenance that require the highest priced specialists, and routine investments into upgrading should also be kept in mind.

Threat of unemployment

One of the primary concerns in the debate on artificial intelligence has been its expected impact on the labor market; the low-skilled in particular. A driverless car serves as the latest example. It has already been invented, introduced, and had preliminary testing, and though still a concept, if it kicks in,  thousands of drivers may be left unemployed.

As a result of the advantages of AI we’ve looked at, giant industries – the largest employers – prefer investing in machines. A possibility of large-scale unemployment is already just around the corner. Needless to say, the economic outcome is going to be horrific.

Perfect but uninspired

Even the perfectly working mechanism is still just a machine. It can’t feel, think, compare, or adjust to an ever-changing and dynamic environment. With all its potential and nearly incomprehensible future, artificial intelligence lacks what humans can surely be proud of – creativity. 

Our thoughts and actions are guided not only by a mental component but also by our feelings and passions – something that a machine is unlikely to inherit from us. So many remarkable inventions have been made when creators multiplied their competence by their high level of excitement and devotion to their cause!

Machines can operate successfully only “inside the box”. Humanity crafts these boxes and learns how to think outside them. Over and over again.

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As long as people with all their virtues and artificial intelligence, with its eminent strengths, work together as a team, the world is in a safe zone. However, the pursuit of dominance and enrichment has often led to unpredictable results. Let’s hope we will stay wise with AI and turn it into our committed ally.

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