Are AI Products Making Humans into Former Employees?


AI, or Artificial Intelligence, seems to be the favorite topic appearing in today’s ongoing press releases. There are a lot of talks, a lot of implied fear, and even more confusion and misunderstanding about what exactly AI is and is not. Artificial Intelligence is impacting both current and future states of our nation. It is not going away and will likely become even more important as it matures.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is generally defined as computerized systems that appear to mimic human cognitive functions.

Said another way, AI research defines itself as “the study of any device that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chance of success at some goal”.

Perhaps, this is why we are concerned and why we call this “Artificial Intelligence”? Computers may one day be as smart as humans, or possibly smarter? So, why is this bad news?

Can Humans Control AI?

Artificial Intelligence is actually good news as long as it can be controlled by humans.  However, like any new change that is unknown or difficult to understand, time is needed to absorb information and understand the facts, instead of relying on a press-related “gossip mill”.

It’s no surprise to most US citizens that software technology is affecting our economy, both positively and negatively.  The concern and talk about AI are that this software development tool is responsible for creating the displacement of thousands of US employees and the possibility that it may eventually outsmart human intelligence.

Artificial Intelligence (AI), is not difficult to understand – if you’re a ”techie.” To the remaining population, AI if often viewed as computerized machines that are smarter than humans and therefore, will likely overwhelm the human population.

We ask ourselves, “Is it really possible to overcome human beings?”. Thankfully, not currently, but certainly, it is possible in the future.

Narrow AI

The most basic and most utilized AI is ”Narrow AI” software which automates a human activity; for example, when we ask our smartphones about the weather.  Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on your AI opinions, this automation usually outperforms human beings in both efficiency and endurance.

It’s important to understand that Narrow AI only automates; it cannot yet learn new tasks and that’s where humans are superior to AI. Human beings solve problems through their use of assessments and creative thinking processes.

  • By Pierce Ivory, marketing director, Advance Systems, Inc.

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