The signs are all around us.The machines seem to be taking over our world. Are robots going to be our new overlords? Is Artificial Intelligence going to snatch all human jobs? Microsoft CEO Satya Nadela too shared his perspectives on this topic at MIT last year
There are lots of questions and speculations. Lets tune into some of our Subject Matter experts who will weigh in on this topic. First up is Raju Shreevastava from ASEI Silicon Valley chapter in this series to offer his perspective. This article summarizes the interview of Raju Shreewastava (CEO of Big Data Trunk, www.BigDataTrunk.com) during the Stanford Techie festival on the topic to provide perspective on AI and its impact on society.
What is Artificial Intelligence from the layman perspective?
In layman’s terms, AI is machines getting senses like a human.
Eye - Camera vision can help a machine see & analyze like the human eye.
Ears - Natural Language understanding and processing provides devices like Alexa to communicate.
Mouth - Text to Speech uses the ability to speak and read. My personal favorite feature of Alexa is the ability to read Kindle books for FREE.
Brain - Computers already have superior memory and computing capability as compared to humans.
So far I have not found a sense of smell is something machines have not tamed.
What is the high-level impact of AI on society?
I see both short-term and long-term trends:
Short-term, AI will help improve existing applications such as Roomba and chatbots. These short-term improvements will affect every industry, allowing for increased automation of many types of tasks historically done by people. Progressive employers will need to think through the impact on their employees and consider how to reskill their workforce for emerging careers.
Long-term, we will see the adoption of driverless cars and chips in the human skull (think: Neuralink)—changes that shift long-held paradigms. For example, once we have fully automated (Level 5) driverless vehicles, why would people want to own a car, which they at most use a couple of hours a day? Do jobs such as taxi-driving survive? A robotaxi concept will shift how we view cars. Instead of a liability, a car will become an asset that can start making money for its owners.
Are the concerns of massive job losses due to AI valid?
AI will change the face of employment. People fear losing their occupations to automation, and I believe this is a realistic fear.
What once seemed like science fiction is quickly moving into the realm of possibility. Aside from the technical challenges, some of the emerging AI use cases also present social and ethical implications. Organizations need to think about these technologies from the human angle. What is the impact on people—good and bad?
What would be your advice for future generations as to how to prepare for this AI job apocalypse?
We as humans have only two options left for us.
Be more human - Jobs which need human emotions like empathy, caring, love, etc. would be hard for machines to emulate. So jobs like caregiver, counseling, teaching, etc. which need more of these qualities have better AI-proof potential. Within those jobs as well it is not about taking temperature etc. but comforting etc.
Get Tech Savvy - Jobs that involve building, maintaining these AI & Robotics applications will be still needed ( till the time machine takes over completely..)
So we have the two extremes potentially to our rescue. Anything in between is very easy for AI to emulate.
You can hear the complete session about this Stanford Techie festival fair session