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Man versus machine is the theme that has occupied technology discussions for decades. From John Henry, the steel-driving man to the current artificial intelligence (AI) and self-driving cars, the discussion around machines taking over from man is not going anywhere any time soon. For decades, artificial intelligence has developed significantly, and people are now worried that it might take away power long held by man. Today, an area that worries many is the impact that AI will have on human employment. While this can be true somehow, the reality is that machines can make us look far much better than some might think. AI is a disruptor, and this talk is nothing new to fear. For more than two centuries, we have been hearing about the potential obsolescence of humans in the workforce since the start of the first Industrial Revolution.

With the coronavirus pandemic, it is emerging that we need technology more than earlier thought. As social distancing measures continue being implemented, blocking people from accessing their offices, technology such as artificial intelligence continues helping industries such as customer care through bots. From this example, it is becoming clear that AI will not replace but will instead augment us. This technology is proving to be an increasingly crucial part of our lives, and it is now time for us to stop worrying about how we will be replaced by automation. We should instead start embracing automation, that is helping us rediscover our humanity.

Just like the way machines improved production during the industrial revolution, what we are repeatedly seeing is that AI augments and enhances human output as opposed to replacing us altogether. One thing that we need to be truthful about, however, is that machines will take over many areas. According to a report by the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report of 2018, machines in a few years to come will do many tasks than humans. The good thing is that this new technology will create more than 130 million jobs by 2022. While some may think that many jobs will be lost than those that will be created, the truth is that it will outnumber them by far. Compare to the number of jobs created, jobs that will be lost are only about 75 million.

There is a massive improvement in performance when humans and AI work together. These two can easily complement each other’s strengths. Combining this with the aspects of good leadership, teamwork, and social skills with speed and scalability offered by technology will lead to the attainment of many things.

Self-driving cars is another technology that is set to benefit from artificial intelligence. BI Intelligence reports that there will be more than 10 million self-driving cars by the end of this year. As we speak, there are already millions of such cars in the market. With the help of AI, cars are now able to self-park and automatically brake when they sense an object. As the world seeks to improve cars, AI technology will be crucial in the success of this initiative. AI will allow cars to react to different situations on the road better than humans, and therefore we will be able to drive safely. Research has found out that vehicles with the assistance of AI will be more than 90 percent safer than those driven by human drivers.

Going forward, artificial intelligence needs parameters that are strictly defined if it is to work out appropriately. With these parameters, machines will be able to do tasks that are repetitive, mundane, and dangerous more efficiently than us. At the same time, we will see humans who are more creative when AI and its associated technologies help them. In short, AI will make us look better and smarter than we could have ever imagined.

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