Human beings are a special kind. Compared to computers, human beings have the ability to think critically in difficult situations, flexibility, confrontation with great tribulations and challenges, and create systems that were previously unimaginable. Our brains are made as a natural end-machine, a unique neuron network in the storm of electrical activity. This fantastic set of complex components was the only traveler of the throne of ‘consciousness’ for thousands of years. However, our mandate as the only known being of a known universe may be coming to an end. In this essay I will write about the fact that the line between the human brain and the computer is blurry.
On one occasion, a well-known theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking said, ‘The development of full AI could spell the end of the human race.’
Also, a technology entrepreneur, investor and engineer, Elon Musk has announced that AI is a bigger threat to people than a nuclear weapon. Then the question arises; when ultimately intelligent people are concerned about the threat of artificial intelligence, we cannot help, wonder what is being saved for humanity. Although we are still far from computers that do not really differ from people, it can be said that the race is very warm. Every year, more and more advanced computers are coming, carrying a new army of artificial intelligence, which is more flexible, sophisticated and humane compared to previous generations. Since 2017, the brain still has a leg at AI. Compared to a computer, the human brain can still handle much more information than the fastest computers. While computers are better at activities that match with smart gamers, such as winning Gary Kaspar’s chess or calculating square roots. Brains, however, are excellent in parallel processing and sorting of information. They are so good in some activities that we take their strengths for granted, as if we were able to recognize a cat, tell a joke, or jump to jump. Human brains are also about 100,000 times more energy efficient than computers, but this is changing year after year with advanced technology.
Estimates are that computers will outsmart the ability of the human brain around 2040, plus or minus several decades. It’s a relatively short period of time, and we should be worried about it. Whenever computers reach ‘human capacity’, they can only retain the right to improvement. They are not burdened by the constraints of the brain.
“Today, computers can learn faster than humans, e.g., (IBM’s) Watson can read and remember all the research on cancer, no human could,” says Maital. “With deep learning, Watson can also solve a problem, for example, how to treat a rare form of cancer — and it has done so. So, in that sense, computers can be smarter than humans.”
Although human beings may not understand it, machine learning is in many respects the reality of our lives. Machine learning today helps companies interpret data, learn from missed forecasts, and find new correlations.
To conclude, I think all of us (as individuals, companies and countries) need to be prepared for disturbances we cannot foresee. We have to accept that technology lies behind global development and changes the way people live. It affects every job, every human activity. The speed of upgrading technology does not show signs of release. The advancement of AI can look scary, but it also represents a great opportunity. Every company will have to think about what it means to them and what will the next few decades bring.
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