Artificial Intelligence: The Future is here!
The next disruptive technology which is going to affect human civilization is artificial intelligence. However, it won’t be Terminator-style human-looking robots that want to kill all humans and rule the earth. Instead it will be robots in all shapes and sizes, designed to perform specific tasks like:
* Crawling in a mine searching for minerals,
* Moving through a vineyard, harvesting grapes,
* Working on a construction site building a sky scraper or
* Performing domestic work like cleaning floors or ironing clothes.
Artificial Intelligence software will be taking over the jobs of call centre operators, and even perform advisory roles like that of a law practitioner or a medical doctor. Artificial Intelligence operated cars, taxis and buses will drive themselves, while the autopilot on commercial airplanes will become more reliable than the human pilot with difficult tasks like take-of, landing and navigating storms.
Like all disruptive technologies before it, for example the industrial revolution or the computer revolution, the AI revolution will bring with it creative destruction. It will destroy many jobs but it will also create new and different kinds of jobs that require different skill sets.
Those with vision will prepare themselves, or more likely their children and equip them with the necessary skills to become technology workers. Those who don’t will be left with the grim future of having to compete with autonomous intelligent robots that can work 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
The Winners and the losers
Like all other advancements in human history, it will create both beneficiaries and victims. People will no doubt debate whether it’s a good or bad thing, but irrespective of the outcome of these debates, the AI revolution will be unstoppable and will re-shape modern civilization whether we like it or not.
Countries who have had the foresight to prepare themselves will have built a solid base of new technology workers. These countries, their economies and their people will be the beneficiaries of the AI revolution.
Those countries that didn’t prepare themselves will be competing with robots as cheap labour. In these newly created markets the operating costs of a robot will be less than even the lowest paid worker. These countries, economies and workers will be the victims of the AI revolution.
All of this is predicted to happen in the next few decades.
In most cases this new technology is already there:
* Bipedal walking robots,
* Underground mining robots,
* Software that interprets and speaks in natural language,
* Autonomous cars that have been navigating highway and city traffic for the past few years.
This was what inspired the creation of Seebox.
The abovementioned technologies are already available and just need to be improved and made affordable to the masses. No-one can say for sure what kinds of opportunities will arise with the AI revolution, but the one thing we do know for sure is that it will create lots of jobs for technology workers.
Amongst these, it will require legions of electronic engineers and technicians to design and maintain these robots, to write the software for them and continually improve them.