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Will Artificial Intelligence overtake human capabilities?

GettyImages-1163012028_1600_0_72_RGB.jpgArtificial Intelligence (AI) has made a huge impact on the world over the past ten years. We have seen vast steps forward, not only technologically, but in mathematics methods, data science and tools, as well as witnessing developments in areas that AI supports – manufacturing quality, healthcare, finance, autonomous driving, security and intelligent venues. There is a great evolution in the way AI adds value to us humans.

AI has progressed furthest in logical or thinking cases, where creativity isn’t required, solving problems related to data, focussing on the ‘Three Vs’ – Volume, Velocity and Variety – or ‘Big Data’. AI has gone beyond simply predictive analytics, using cognitive analytics to understand context and meaning, recognising objects and processing large amounts of data to create conclusions.

Will AI replace humans?

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The more we investigate the capabilities of AI and see the successes of cognitive analytics, we might start to wonder if AI will replace humans, or if we can coexist, working side by side to enhance the human workstream. There is already evidence, with automated factory lines, fraud detection, speech analytics and autonomous driving becoming realities, reducing the need for human interaction. AI continues to develop with active learning, allowing the machine to help the human, whilst continuing to collect inputs and learn.

This increasing development leads us to ask how we can take advantage of AI to maximise efficiency and use it to expand our capabilities, and what kind of ethical impact that may have.  

The scientific revolution

Every revolution creates disruption. The cognitive revolution, agricultural revolution, industrial revolution; they all disrupted society, with changes to jobs, way of life and identity. This ‘scientific revolution’ with the evolution of AI has the potential to do the same, but we can learn from history, identifying new roles and improvements people can make to create new value from their skills. Each historic revolution brought better value to ways of living, and we must understand that AI will offer the same.

What will be left for humans to do, then, if machines can do our jobs better? This is where it is important to understand the current state of AI capability (or limitations), speed of development, computing power, and associated resources, considering the potential implications and opportunities of AI, as well as actively shaping the development and application of these technologies in a way that benefits humanity rather than harms it.

The impact of AI on jobs, the economy and the workforce

With AI continuing to evolve, how do we adapt and find the full extent of the benefits AI can bring?

  1. A new space for innovation and creativity

With AI, robots and automation taking some of our routine and manual tasks, humans will have more time to focus on thinking, making and delivering more creative and innovative solutions that are beyond the reach of AI.

  1. Task automation

The most visible impact of AI is the automation of tasks across a wide range of industries, which has been transformed from manual to digital. Tasks or roles that require a certain amount of repetition, as well as the consumption and interpretation of massive amounts of data, are now delivered and processed. Yet understanding the function of work beyond simply sustaining a standard of living is even more important in the age of AI. It reflects the fundamental human need for participation, co-creation, contribution, and a sense of being needed, and thus should not be overlooked. So, in some ways, even the most mundane and uninteresting tasks at work become valuable and worthwhile, and if they are removed or automated, they should be replaced with something that allows for the same level of human expression and discovery.

  1. Embrace better capabilities

As AI and machine learning automate manual tasks that humans used to do, it creates new industries and job opportunities. Digital engineering is an example of an emerging profession because of rapid technological development, and it is still evolving. As a result, while traditional manual labour will be phased out, new jobs and professions will emerge.

  1. Industrial prosperity and the financial impact

When used with a purpose and not just for the sake of technology, AI can open a wide range of opportunities for organisations, while also improving productivity and participation. This, in turn, can lead to an increase in demand for goods and services, propelling an economic growth model that delivers and improves living standards.

What role will AI play in a human world?

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While advanced technologies can perform some tasks more efficiently and accurately, human expertise is still essential in designing and implementing AI technology. The emergence and adoption of artificial intelligence, as well as the innovative solutions associated with it, are shaped by human intelligence. Through critical thinking, human intelligence seeks to answer the question ‘why?’ and considers ‘what if?’. As engineering design is increasingly challenged by complex problems and data quality, the use of AI generated outputs requires human oversight, expertise, and quality assurance.

HPE in an AI world

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Here at HPE, we believe that the blend of humans and AI holds immense value, with the potential to transform every aspect of your enterprise. HPE makes AI that is data-driven, production-oriented and cloud-enabled, available anytime, anywhere and at any scale.

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Saleh Al-Nemer
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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