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Over the years, there’s been a lot of discussions about Artificial Intelligence (AI), ranging from what it is, to which industries it will impact, to whether or not it will end humankind? While opinions may vary, there’s a growing philosophical debate even the most technological thought-leaders are grappling with, and that is, “How much is too much AI?” How do we address the ethical concerns of implementing AI technology which humans barely understand, yet it controls our lives?

While I can try my best to answer some of these questions, Youtube has created a mini-series called The Age of AI. This series of videos takes a deeper view into this new technological paradigm shift and explores areas of our lives AI is directly impacting whether we know it or not.

When you have a little bit of time to relax and chill, it’ll be worthwhile to check out the videos. Let us know what you think when you do.

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The Human Element in Artificial Intelligence

What role will humans play in the future of Artificial Intelligence? Can AI learn the human element known as empathy to become sentient?

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Artificial Intelligence and Human Empathy

There is ample discussion around what role humans will play in the future of Artificial Intelligence (A. I.). This is a topic that has been debated for some time now. Many people believe that A.I. will eventually take over most human tasks, and have already begun to do so, but there is one element that cannot be replaced by machines. Without it, A.I. will never be able to reach its full potential… This element is empathy. In this blog post, we will explore the importance of the human element in A. I. and discuss why it is essential to our success!

Empathy-The Human Element

Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. It is a critical part of emotional intelligence and is essential for building successful relationships, both personal and professional. When we interact with others, empathy allows us to see the world from their perspective and understand their feelings. This understanding can then be used to resolve conflicts, build trust, and create connections.

The Argument

In the present day, machines are not yet capable of empathy. They process and give the most suitable response based on the data they’ve collected and understood. This means that they are not able to understand human emotions or supply the same level of support that humans can. For example, a machine as a customer service representative will ask you the same questions and might not be able to alter its responses properly by your emotions, because they cannot “see where you’re coming from” — essentially, they cannot understand it. Therefore, empathy is so important in A.I.; without it, we would lose the ability to connect with others and resolve many emotional conflicts.

There is also the argument that empathy isn’t required in A.I, because it’s a machine and will do well without the burden of understanding human emotions. This is true in some cases, but it is not a global solution. Some emotions are necessary in specific situations, while unnecessary in others; the same as it is for us. To resolve conflicts efficiently, artificial intelligence must be allowed, or taught, to see the situation(s) from multiple perspectives and create the most ideal solution to any and every kind of problem and understand when emotion is needed and when it is not. Therefore, emotional intelligence and empathy is so important.

Conclusion

In conclusion, as artificial intelligence (A.I.) continues to evolve, the debate over whether the human element is important in A.I. rages on. Do you think empathy is an essential human quality? Why or why not? Share your thoughts in the comments below! We would love to hear from you! Until next time, take care!

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5 Major Healthcare Advances to Expect Over the Next Decade

Discover 5 healthcare advances you can expect in the next 10 years. These technologies will revolutionize how we care for our health.

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It’s hard to believe, but healthcare is about to experience another huge shift. In the next 10 years, there will be massive advances in technology and biotech that will change how we access and receive care. Here are five healthcare advances you can expect to become commonplace:

Technology Advances Driving Health Outcomes

1. The dramatic increase in the use of AI

Artificial Intelligence is advancing at a rapid pace, so it’s no surprise that it’s finding its way into healthcare. On the macro scale, AI’s deep learning algorithms are scanning millions of health records to uncover disease trends and the most effective treatments. These will inform hospital and government programs on the best investments they can make to improve public health.

On the personal side, AI will surpass doctors’ ability to detect many diseases. Everything from reading patient x-rays to diagnosing mental health conditions will be done more accurately by machines.

This doesn’t mean we’ll all be replaced by robots, but AI will help free up doctors’ time so they can focus on more complex cases and provide better care.

2. The rise of virtual reality

Virtual reality is already being used for everything from training new surgeons to providing therapy for patients with PTSD, phobias and chronic pain. As the technology improves, it will become a more common approach to care.

One big advance will be using virtual reality as a tool for remote surgery. This will enable surgeons to operate on patients in other parts of the country or even the world. The first successful remote surgery was performed in 2001, but the technology has come a long way since then.

3. Telemedicine will become the norm

Telemedicine is already becoming more popular. In the next decade, it will become commonplace. This is because it’s more convenient and often more affordable than traditional in-person care.

We saw its benefits during the Covid pandemic lockdowns when hospitals were overloaded and in-person visits became risky. Health systems learned basic care could easily be handled remotely via a video call. AI also will begin monitoring these calls to help the doctor gather information like respiration rate, eye dilation, skin conditions and more to help diagnosis.

With advances in technology, you also will be able to consult with specialists from anywhere in the world and receive a broader spectrum of care. All without ever leaving your home.

Biotech Advances will Bring Care to the Genetic Level

4. Genetic sequencing of patients

The use of cutting-edge technology such as genetic sequencing and machine-learning algorithms allows researchers to gain new insights into diseases and create innovative treatments that were not previously possible. For example, through advanced sequencing techniques, doctors can now better understand how and why certain individuals are more prone to certain diseases.

5. Personalized medicines

Armed with with this knowledge, doctors will tailor treatments to a patient’s unique genetic profile, resulting in improved outcomes and reduced side effects. The potential benefits of these targeted therapies are wide-ranging, from new treatment options for rare diseases to more effective cancer prevention strategies.

Additionally, there has been much progress made in developing new diagnostic tools that can help clinicians better identify risk factors and disease markers, allowing them to provide a more targeted approach to care.

Overall, it is clear that technology and biotech advancements will continue to drive dramatic improvements in the healthcare landscape in the years ahead. These advances will not only make healthcare more effective and efficient, but also more accessible and affordable for everyone.

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Are EVs Essentially Robots on Wheels?

Our cars are about to gain the ability to drive themselves, but what does that mean for us as drivers and passengers? Should we be concerned with the physical limitations of a car’s occupants or should we just stick our heads in our phones and let the AI take over?

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Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more popular with each passing day. Around the world car manufacturers are doubling down that the leading edge of the age of electric transportation is finally upon us. 

But, are EVs really just robots on wheels? And, are consumers ready to accept our physical limitations to fully hand over driving–and by extension so many other tasks–to robots?

Is Self-driving Technology Ready?

There’s an important question that must be answered about this technology. Are we ready to trust it yet? We’ve seen too many high-profile cases of self-driving cars getting into accidents, even if it wasn’t their fault. 

To reach mass adoption, and thus larger investment and more rapid advancement of this technology, it needs to be better out of the gate.

Tesla full self driving beta

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Public Acceptance is Half the Battle

Interestingly enough, we’ve all seen high-profile, self-driving car scenarios on YouTube where drivers were doing everything but paying attention to the road. Some were found in the back seat, others watching videos or having sex, still others were asleep as their virtual driver sped along. 

None of these point to people not trusting the AI robot driver taking over the wheel. If anything, it shows too much trust at this stage. But with 1.35 million people being killed in car accidents annually around the world, the argument that humans—not robots—are better behind the wheel is getting harder to justify.

Uncanny Valley Skews Perception & Fear

Tesla full self driving in the real world

There’s a concept in robotics called the “uncanny valley.” It posits that as robots become more and more human-like in their appearance, people will have an increasingly negative reaction to them. The theory goes that we are hardwired for this reaction because it was beneficial for survival. If you couldn’t tell if something was friend or foe, your body automatically prepared for it to be harmful. 

There’s a reason people reacted favorably to Honda Motor Company’s ASIMO humanoid robot. It was short, a bit cuddly and, by painstaking design, had a non-threatening face. It became the most recognizable robot in the world for more than two decades.

Then there’s Boston Dynamics’ famous four-legged robot Spot. The thing is downright creepy, especially when you see it open doors, walk up stairs or even run across a field. It’s too animal-like for comfort and our mind reacts accordingly.

At What Point do Cars Become Robots?

Today’s cars are not necessarily threatening, at least to the driver. To a pedestrian in front of one speeding along, however, it’s another story.

This can apply to self-driving cars. We are used to seeing cars as inanimate tools. But, when they become animate and start making choices for us that we probably wouldn’t personally make as humans, that’s where robotics integration with humans will get interesting.

Zook - Amazon's self driving taxi

Will there be a day when sliding into the backseat of an AI-driven machine is as commonplace as catching an Uber or a Lyft is today? Some experts say yes, but it will take time. “People are going to have to get used to the idea that these things can drive better than we can,” said Sam Abuelsamid, principal analyst for Navigant Research. “It’s going to be a long road.”

As EV mandates increase, more self-driving technology buried deep in our cars will be waiting to be switched on by manufacturers and governments. It’s clear that road is getting shorter by the day.

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