5 myths about Artificial Intelligence that we are debunking

People talk here and there about the growth of Artificial Intelligence, and how AI-enabled smart devices far outperform the outdated ones without AI. But as long as the interest in Artificial Intelligence is growing, more and more misinformation and fears emerge.

As amazing as it sounds, but still there are many people who are terrified by Artificial Intelligence and truly believe in the worst fantastic-movie scenario. If you’re one of those people who believe in these fish tales enjoy how we debunk top 5 myths about Artificial Intelligence.

Myth #1: AI will replace human jobs

This is, perhaps, the most popular myth about AI. Many people have fear that AI will eventually replace them in the workplace and induce global job loss. The funny thing is that people had very similar fears on the threshold of the industrial revolution when they witnessed the shift from agricultural to factory work in the 19th century. Surely, the number of jobs has even grown. And the same story is predicted to repeat again. The main idea of Artificial Intelligence is to assist humans, not replace them. In fact, besides changing some current job types and making workflow faster and more efficient, AI is already proven to create more entirely new roles.

Myth #2: Artificial intelligence is similar to human intelligence

The answer is actually both yes and no. To some extent, Artificial Intelligence can be regarded as similar to the intelligence humans share. Certainly, there are programs performing tasks in a manner people would do, some of them even feature some kind of emotions and personality, some of them even seem to understand us and respond to us. But the thing is that software is only designed to perform a certain number of tasks and no more beyond it and all the characteristics they have were preliminarily installed by its developers. However obvious it may appear, everything that is done by some type of software is preprogrammed.

Myth #3: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and even Robots are basically all the same

Artificial Intelligence is a broad term, while, for example, Machine Learning is only a subset of AI that imitates some sort of intelligence by using training algorithms and input data. Deep learning is an even narrower form of AI inspired by the interconnected neurons of the human brain.

As for robots and AI, even though they are usually closely linked together, Artificial Intelligence can actually work in the background and user may even not realize the “presence” of AI. For example, Amazon recommendations work this way.

Myth #4: AI is only for giant companies with big investments

When we hear Artificial Intelligence, things coming to mind are Boston Dynamics robots, self-driving cars, drones, and other truly big and complex technologies. Since the technology behind AI is scientific and complex, people think that it is only beneficial and, what is more important, affordable for giant corporations. The truth is that implementation of artificial intelligence in real life doesn’t necessarily require substantial scientific research and millions of dollars. The most popular examples of AI in a daily life are virtual assistants, chatbots, fraud detection functions, friend recommendations, purchase predictions, and others. Of course, all these things need some time to be developed, but again, with information on the Internet growing exponentially, a small team of enthusiasts is very likely to create some of the above-mentioned things within a short period of time.

Myth #5: Artificial intelligence will take over the world

Artificial Intelligence will surpass humans one day and will enslave them, and we’ll be under the command of machines. Remember myth #2? AI can do only what it was told to do. This is the first reason to exhale. Another one is that it can’t function without a human. Computers do not think the way people do and can’t learn to do so, they are designed to automate some tiny part of people’s tasks. And the third reason is that machines still cannot outperform the human brain when it comes to creative thinking, emotional intelligence, and personality.

People are unlikely to see an Artificial Intelligence revolution, but there will be an intelligent technological evolution from which we will only benefit. AI will certainly be able to solve more types of problems. Yes, some of them are too hard for humans to solve, some of them are simply no-brain and monotonous, but their number will grow and that is great because Artificial Intelligence is not more or less “intelligent” than the human one, it is just a different kind of smart.


October 29, 2018

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