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OPINION: Artificial Intelligence is taking over faster than we know it

A dream of a robot who can do dishes, laundry and fold bedsheets is a complete reality now. Not just this, but they can fly military drones without human interference.

Thanks to the rise of artificial intelligence, robots are built to do more sophisticated jobs that supposedly will make humans’ lives easier. A.I. has a very fast smart input-output system which can assist humans in day to day tasks, but on the other side, some people have fears of a future filled with A.I. since it might significantly affect the economy and cause some jobs to go extinct.

This phenomenon is shaping a new century that is much different than the one people lived in only 50 years ago. New technology has completely changed the way we connect, communicate and consume.

Technologists argue that we are witnessing a new technological revolution. Similar to the ones before, they change the world as we know it.

For example, when radio first appeared it changed the way people listened to music and consumed news, spawning a new wave of consumerism. Also, when TV first appeared it transformed the media market as we knew it.

A.I. is, in fact, a form of media since it does entertain, educate and distribute arts and culture. Not necessarily in the traditional way like television or film but through a virtual reality that is able to customize content based on each individual interest and needs.

That technological revolution has impacted every aspect of our life, giving us unlimited access to information, discoveries from around the globe, making military and intelligence more advanced, aviation much easier and communication became instant.

It’s possible to attribute the solution of many of our world’s persistent problems to A.I. For example, smart systems like Uber or a piece of software like Google Maps can help humans achieve a more efficient lifestyle.

Also, Apple’s famous Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, who are personalized concierges for humans, can book dinner reservations, set up meetings, remind us of birthdays, tell us when its best to drive home and even give us recommendations on what to eat, read and watch.

The technology is being used vastly by media companies such as Facebook and YouTube which has introduced a new era of marketing to the commerce and advertising industries.

Their algorithms can control what we see and hear, and on which make our decisions. This is very valuable to businesses, allowing them to deliver more curated content, smarter advertising and inspire new business models.

We know today’s computer-chipped cars can be hacked at 70 mph and tech gurus put masking tape over their laptop cameras. What we don’t know is how many real jobs will be lost to robots that can operate other robots and to what extent they will be able to repair themselves.

The system is smart to an extent we can’t imagine which make people worry about their privacy, their jobs, and their future. At some point employers will decide that human workers are too slow and expensive compared to robots and drones who can do the same work without expenses, health issues or retirement plans.

Everything is happening so quickly which makes it much harder for humans to cope with. The people who don’t pose the necessary skills for an evolving workforce will be discarded from it. If a machine can do a human’s job more efficiently, then send him home and let it take care of his job.

For humans to be relevant in an A.I. world, they need to invest in educating themselves on how to operate and adapt to the new era.