30 December 2016
Technology is meant to solve problems, not create.
The growing trend of technological advancement is always seen as end of some jobs. While it has manifested in some fields, it has led to creation of thousands elsewhere. This trend seems to be unpredictable.
But Robotics is different. Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of Tesla, an American motoring company once concluded that Human cannot run fast to outpace robots.
According to him, with robotics and artificial intelligence in top gear, human will struggle to remain relevant.
This means that as artificial intelligence advances, people will need to augment their brain power with digital technology to make them relevant and keep their jobs.
Advancements in robotics and Artificial Intelligence is no longer as mere science fiction as people always think. It is real now.
Today, Robots can make cars, detect cracks in engines, even jet engines. Robots can play games (chess, scrabble), pick fruits, fertilize fields, pollinate flowers, serve pizza and even buy and sell shares.
Google launched a messaging app, Allo, sometimes in the year that make use of advanced AI programme.
In April, Facebook Owner, Mark Zuckerberg predicted that Artificial Intelligence would surpass human’s natural senses in accuracy in the next five to 10 years.
The prediction was confirmed in his creation of Jarvis later in the year. Unveiled in a video last week, Jarvis, a simple AI home butler can control his home, including lights, temperature, appliances, music and security.
It learns his tastes and patterns, learn new words and concepts, and can even entertain him.
Jarvis uses several Artificial Intelligence techniques, including natural language processing, speech recognition, face recognition, and reinforcement learning.
Recently, Google launched WaveNet, an audio generating robot. WaveNet can recreate an impressive amount of language and even music using neural nets.
Why pay a DJ when you can make use of WaveNet? Leading automobile companies have successfully tested autonomous driverless cars. With little or no human support, the driverless cars operate without any hiccups.
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence have gained so much interest this year and the trend is sure to continue in 2017.
An example is that of Bridgewater Associates founder, Ray Dalio, who has tasked his software engineers to start working on a project to ensure the company can run according to his vision even when he’s not there.
What he intends to achieve is building a piece of software that will automate the day-to-day management of the firm, including hiring, firing and other strategic decision-making.
Ray believes automated decision-making is appealing to businesses as it can save time and eliminate human emotional volatility. With this he will successfully replace managers and professionals with Artificial Intelligence.
Leading firms make use of Advanced Robotics and Artificial Intelligence and the world is expected to witness some ground breaking AI works in 2017 but can AI effectively take our jobs now?
A recent report by McKinsey & Company on workplace automation, Artificial Intelligence and advanced Robotics concluded that while many business activities will be automated, few occupations will be.
It concluded that there will be redefinition of jobs and business processes instead of job loss. It also noted that ‘Capabilities such as creativity and sensing emotions are core to the human experience and also difficult to automate’
Presently, Artificial Intelligence apps are still narrowly focused and probably serve more to augment our jobs, rather than to replace them but the reality is that very soon, jobs that will remain will require high levels of education and creativity, and there will be fewer of them to go around.
Many of today’s jobs are heading to the archives and museums. Robotics and AI may not take our jobs now, but we must face the obvious fact that some jobs will be long gone in few years and get creative digitally.
AI is coming for some jobs but not anytime soon.
- Professions that will almost certainly be automated… Telemarketing, Loan officers, Umpires, Bank tellers, Engravers, Credit analysts, Office clerks, Legal secretaries, Estate agents, Chefs
- Professions that probably won’t – Therapists, Social workers, Human resources managers, Fashion designers, Teachers, Pharmacists, Engineers, Public relations, Computer scientists, Health and safety engineers
Additional reports from Telegraph.co.uk and UK Guardian.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.