There is a fear tactic on the rise that as humans become more dependent on computers and technology to handle all the functions of daily life, there will come a time when human thought and intervention will no longer be needed. For those wanting a vacation, this is great news, but for those who work in the menial jobs of the world, the fear of being outsourced is alive and well.
The uncontested truth is, however, that computer coding is nowhere near perfect. There are countless algorithms at work handling our work in serving citizens, generating information, marketing, communication, finding fraud, providing security and so much more. That being said, not one of these algorithms is fool proof.
There are so many gaps between computer systems and human intelligence that there will always be a need for human intervention no matter how advanced our AI systems get. Some areas where automation is being worked on are as follows:
- Driverless Cars
- Drone technology
- Food preparation
- Food harvesting
- Educational purposes like grading
- Editing and publishing
- Sanitation services
- Safety protocols
Some find this a problem. These people want to get to a place where we can fully trust our AI systems to handle complex functions like driving a car, creating meals, and other such vital tasks in society. The fact that there are so many hangups in aligning computer coding with human instinct is frustrating and looks like a big brick wall in the map of technological progression.
Let's take just the first example on that list. There are programs and vehicles of this nature that are said to be within 2 years of hitting the market. People who love the idea of complete AI power are excited to be the first passengers in these driver-less cars run entirely by sensors and algorithms. They project these systems to keep people much safer as computers are not possible to distract or scare. They will automatically make the best decision in every situation. This is the position of the proponents.
The other larger camp, however, finds this co-dependence appropriate and somewhat beautiful. Who better to tell our machines how to serve the humans than actual humans. We are allowing computer coding and specially designed algorithms to take the place of humans on the computing end of things, but we will always need human intervention to decide where these algorithms are put to use, and how exactly to use them.
Let's now return to our driverless car. It is true that it will work well in every way UNTIL it is presented with a situation that was not programmed into the coding. It is these moments that will continue to require human intervention. There is no way any algorithm, no matter how detailed, can prepare for EVERY situation that can meet a car on the road. These cars will run beautifully, but humans will need to be on hand when the ever-present gaps between technology and human instinct appear.
In short, the main purpose of leaning on technology has never been meant to steal jobs from humans. It is actually the opposite. When machines are created that can increase productivity, it frees up human muscles and minds who can then be put to much better use. Freeing the hands and minds of people to work in other worthy causes is why more advances in music, art, literature, business, athletics, and every other facet of human life have happened in the last 10 years than ever before.