It may sound contradictory, but artificial intelligence is allowing us to be more human in our interactions, our work, and in the way we spend our time. Former CEO of IBM, Ginni Rometty has said “Some people call this artificial intelligence, but the reality is this technology will enhance us. So instead of artificial intelligence, I think we’ll augment our intelligence.” I tend to agree with her. Here are some reasons:
AI helps humans do what's tedious. One of the areas that artificial intelligence excels in is in tasks that are tedious, time-consuming, and repetitive. AI does it faster and better than humans. AI helps us do what we do best and it can take over the mundane tasks like repetitive data entry, leaving us time to focus on what humans do best- face-to-face interaction, kindness, empathy, and creativity.
AI helps us with memory. Artificial Intelligence apps are often used to manage our schedules, keep track of events for us, and remind us of things we might have otherwise forgotten. These apps make our lives easier. AI does what we need more quickly than we can do it ourselves which leaves us time to focus on other important tasks like building relationships or coming up with creative ideas and strategies.
AI helps us to communicate. It allows us to translate words and languages we do not know. Almost anybody anywhere can open a translator app on their mobile phone and communicate and connect with anyone, anywhere. These apps can read signs and menus, and translate them instantly into your native language. The ability for humans to connect without language being a barrier is now a reality.
AI has been assisting those people who have disabilities or impairments to communicate through AI-powered devices. Also, it is being used as a technology to allow those with hearing loss to listen and communicate as an alternative form of communication as well as allowing those who are blind to access information in easy ways. AI also assists the deaf and hard of hearing with video relay services, speech-to-text messaging and transcripts, and closed captioning for videos
Using AI we can now receive medical diagnoses from our smartphones without having to go into the doctor's office and wait days or weeks for results. AI provides real-time monitoring capabilities which increase efficiency and help doctors detect issues faster than ever before ensuring fast treatment improving patients' lives.
Another way that AI enhances our lives is in education. AI allows students to receive assistance when they are struggling with a subject rather than having to wait until their grades fall low enough that teachers or school administrators realize there's an issue. AI can also be used to provide learning analytics that tracks student progress and use the information it acquires to offer them support in areas where they need improvement.
Mental health is another area that has been enhanced by AI. AI can be used in therapy and provide a non-threatening, unbiased way to help people who suffer from mental illness without judgment or bias that sometimes exists in the human therapist world. AI is also being used to assist therapists in their own practice by collecting data on the different ways people interact with others. This can lead to breakthroughs when dealing with patients' issues.
In the office space, AI has been found helpful in many ways including customer service, marketing analytics, time management, virtual assistants, and advertising.
I could go on with other examples, but my perspective is that while Artificial Intelligence has its cons, there are far more pros. We are being freed up from the things that AI can do better and more efficiently so that we can spend the time and energy on the things we are best at.
I'd love to hear your opinions and thoughts as well. Please respond in the comments below.