Written by IEEE | November 14, 2016 | Updated: March 30, 2017
The future is here and so are mounting fears about artificial intelligence (AI). A growing concern due to the way that AI is portrayed in movies and TV shows, is that jobs will be replaced by robots. According to presentations at MIT Technology Review’s EmTech conference, we shouldn’t have anything to worry about.
Current robots, with even the most advanced AI capabilities, are not equipped with the hardware or software to be intelligent enough to even maneuver themselves out of a corner. Robots can be programmed to make our lives easier, but they certainly couldn’t take over our jobs.
The reality is that AI relies on a human component to guide them through the unique and ever-changing flow of our jobs. In the face of a dangerous environment, robots add a welcome buffer. In an emergency situation like a fire, robots may be used to mimic human movements or tasks, with the human managing other elements from afar.
AI shouldn’t be feared, it should be embraced as a means of support for our jobs. If you need more convincing, explore how AI has made a splash on the big screen, making robot solutions more about reality, and less about science fiction.