Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been around for decades now. Since the 1960’s, AI has been used in factories for heavy lifting and to optimize production. Since that time, artificial intelligence is becoming more intelligent. As they slowly move into the workplace, robots and computers gain even more skills as they push out their human equivalents. More and more scientists and engineers believe that this exponential growth of robot intelligence could lead to all of our jobs potentially being in limbo.
Oxford University released a study claiming that 35 percent of prevailing jobs are at risk to robots over the next two decades. A Bloomberg report suggests robots can replace up to half of US workers within the next 10 to 20 years.
One could argue that a computer itself is an intelligent bot. They can formulate extensive mathematical equations in seconds, which would otherwise take some mathematicians hours, days, possibly even years to solve. Computers are even starting to write better software quicker and more efficiently than computer engineers. A few years ago, IBM created a supercomputer named Watson, which connected directly to the internet. They put it on Jeopardy to play against the best players to ever play the game, and it quickly won by a substantial amount.
Ray Kurzweil is a computer scientist, inventor and futurist. He believes we are on a path in which computing power will eventually surpass human intelligence. When this happens, he figures we will be able to download our consciousness into a computer. This is set to occur by 2045, at which point we will live for eternity through computers.
Robotics has already been used to replace limbs on people, such as arms or legs. They are even getting better than actual human limbs. With 3D printing taking off, along with substantial biological advancements, one’s cells can even be used to re-create pretty well any organ.
Are we on a path to becoming robots? Could this be why humans are here? Is this what will push the human race to advance and evolve into the following type of species? Will this journey force humans entirely out of the workforce? Only time will tell.
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What I will do, is—lead a legacy.”
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