Every morning I open my mail, I see my Google alert feed full of updates on AI, Robotics, Machine learning and NLP. For example, Softbank’s pepper robot, Japan’s furry robotic seal to assist elderly population or Sony’s robotic puppy that wags tail when you caress it. Artificial intelligence is growing by leaps and bounds but the burning question we face now is: are we embracing this change or do we harbour subtle negativism to this idea?
Thanks to the doomsday prophets and dystopian novels for putting the idea in our heads that robots will take over the world and soon we’ll be their food. Recently, quite a few digital journals claimed “Facebook’s two artificial intelligence agents/bots were shut down because they invented their own language”, creating an unrest among the public.
Dhruv Batra of Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Research group clarified the rumour saying “Agents in environments attempting to solve a task will often find unintuitive ways to maximize reward. Analyzing the reward function and changing the parameters of an experiment is NOT the same as “unplugging” or “shutting down AI.”
AI combined with human creativity and innovation can help in building new business models. The collaboration remains an important factor. “The financial brand” pinpointed the issue in the section “Roadblocks to AI and human collaboration”
“The one reason why banking operations aren’t relying on AI isn’t that of the unwillingness to adapt to change. Rather, the industry lacks the right talent to drive that change.
There is a significant disconnect between the recognition of a need and an appropriate response. The Accenture research found that while executives believe that most of their employees are not ready to work with AI, only 3% of executives are planning to increase investments in retraining workers in the next three year.
AI is not a competition for the human intelligence rather it is a tool to leverage human innovation.