Man-Machine Interaction: There’s no Need to Fear
There are a lot of people who are uncertain and worried when confronted with the technological advancements of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Many associate intelligent machines with loss of control and destruction. And yet, AI has a high potential of making our life better.
The fear of the unknown
The idea of Artificial Intelligence is as fascinating as it is terrifying. Two factors are causal to this:
On the one hand, there is the fear of machines taking over the world, surpassing us humans and ending humankind. Fictional movies like “I, Robot” or “Ex Machina” reinforce such thoughts. On the other hand, many are worrying about their jobs. Fast and precise machines could take over their work, thereby pushing them out of their job.
Are these fears justified? As a matter of fact, we are always worried about things we cannot fully understand – be it the fear of death or the fear of rapid developments, leaving us uncertain of the outcome. We’ve had a similar situation with the development of the internet. What we’ve learned is, that exactly this kind of progress is necessary. Without it, we probably still would use horse-drawn carriages with no chance to connect with each other on a global scale.
About hope and opportunities
Like many new developments, AI is not meant to deteriorate our life, but to unburden us and raise the quality of our living standard.
Beside the fears, many are looking forward to the future. Artificial Intelligence already eases our day-to-day life. Examples are smart homes, that are organizing and personalizing our life. And, of course the idea of autonomous cars, safely driving on the streets in the near future, is pretty fascinating.
The most important aspect is that Artificial Intelligence will replace many jobs we know today – but at the same time, it’ll introduce us to completely new ones. This will give us the chance to focus on certain tasks that are constructive and relevant. Monotonous tasks, humans are not made for, will be taken care of.
De facto it is not about the intelligent machines, but about how humans interact and engage with them. Through the collaboration between man and machine, many new opportunities will arise. And there will be no need to fear that AI will replace us at some point but rather enhance our capabilities. No machine will ever be as creative, emotional and ingenious as a human being.
Throughout the history of mankind, we have witnessed and realized that advancements bring change – but that does not mean that this is endangering us. It is necessary and good. No one needs to fear the new – take the chances that are arising out of this situation and make the best of it.