Is AI the official “GEN Z SAVIOUR”?

With the world shifting their work to an entirely online mode, ‘Thanks to Pandemic’, where you wake up and take classes online or your work place has adapted to ‘work from home’ or maybe now you more frequently order stuff like groceries or toiletries online rather than walking down to Walmart; there’s no way you haven’t across the term artificial intelligence, popularly known as AI by now. Coined as a term in the 1950 by john McCarthy, AI stands out to be the new technology that attempts to replicate human reasoning in computer systems; taking a significant place in our daily lives now. Artificial Intelligence being commonly known as machine intelligence, now has become a catalyst rather than initiator for researchers and scientists to work on creating robots that can think like humans, and as technology develops, they want to add an emotional component to these machines as well.(However, you might argue that anything may be called AI if it includes a software doing a task that we would typically associate with human intellect.)

Today’s humans are on that stage where they can easily point out reasons for the need of AI over debating whether it’s even needed or not. Considering the highly arguable saying that human species in indeed one lazy creation of nature, they would prefer to live lives in a way where there’s less of human labour and more of readily available stuff. The data we produce is also in large volumes. To reduce the amount of work required to handle data, we as humans want something that processes and handles information. And this study of data processing and handling is called ‘data science’ but that’s from a scientific perspective. Adding to that only AI now offers a fresh viewpoint on managing and solving challenges.

If you are still debating over what ‘thing’ is this AI and why is it slowly becoming a need for humans these days, further points shall help you take sides: -

It is, first and foremost, cost-effective. Robots and machines do not have to be paid every month for the labor they accomplish, like humans do. Secondly it boosts productivity. Work would be performed more efficiently as manpower would be replaced by machines, depending on the type of intelligence. Without a doubt, if machines were built without flaws, they would be capable of performing even the most complex tasks without error. Also, one of the most significant advantages of using artificial intelligence in the workplace is that machines and robots can execute complex and time-consuming jobs more efficiently. A significant benefit is that since machines lack emotions, their performance will be unaffected unlike humans who may find it difficult to function in a stressful atmosphere. Furthermore, AI can also assist with repetitive tasks of daily life, such as writing thank-you emails, double-checking papers for mistakes, and so on. If you shop online or study any courses apart from your curriculum online, you might have come across chatbots (that’s called digital assistance). Some chatbots are even constructed in such a manner that it’s difficult to tell whether we’re talking to a bot or a person. But hey, the list doesn’t end here. We can make robots make judgments and carry out activities faster than humans by combining AI with other technologies. While a human will consider numerous variables, both emotionally and practically, while making a choice, an AI-powered machine will focus on what it has been trained to do and will provide results more quickly. And last but not the least, the most popular AI(s) of today’s world- Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Google’s OK Google, all have made our lives not only a bit easier but fun as well; whether it’s for finding a location, snapping a photo, making a phone call, or responding to an email.

However, with every yin comes a yang; put in simple terms to every advantage there’s a disadvantage. In this case, one may argue that AI’s advantage can sometimes take the soul of its disadvantage: -

Apart from having high cost of creation, its ability to do even small tasks for humans can eventually make them lazier which in long run would directly affect their health. While it replaces human (as capital) with its edge of working 24x7 tirelessly, it would lead to unemployment (in case firms start replacing humans by robots and other machines on a large scale). With AI, comes the risk of loss as we living in the twenty-first century, we’ve seen and even experienced our essential information being lost due to technological difficulties such as machine failure or faulty system software. Almost all of our essential papers, data, photographs, and videos are stored on computers, cellphones, and other devices. It is impossible (or extremely difficult) to recover this information after it has been lost. Even more, their characteristic of being emotionless can go south in cases where you entirely can’t depend on machine’s knowledge for decision. They indeed are undeniably more efficient when it comes to working, but they cannot replace the human connection that binds a team together.

AI- THE NEW MENTOR?

We may not see humanoid robot teachers within the next decade, but a number of computer-assisted learning initiatives are currently in the works. They’ll also help create and define the educational experience of the future in a number of other ways. AI can automate basic educational tasks, such as grading assignments. While artificial intelligence may never be able to completely replace human grading, it’s coming pretty darned close to it. In the near future, it may be feasible for teachers to automate grading for almost all types of multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank tests. Individualized learning will be a major influence of artificial intelligence on education, from kindergarten to graduate school. An increasing number of adaptive learning systems, games, and software are already making this happen.AI tutors might provide further assistance to students. The future may see more pupils being instructed by computers that only exist in zeros and ones, rather than by human tutors. A number of artificial intelligence-based teaching applications are currently available to aid pupils with fundamental arithmetic and writing, among other disciplines. For extremely basic course content, AI systems may be configured to give expertise, acting as a location for students to ask questions and obtain knowledge. As a result, AI tends to take on more of a facilitator function than a teaching role in most situations. Many students are paralyzed by the prospect of failing, or simply not knowing the answer. They don’t enjoy being put on the position in front of their classmates or in front of authoritative figures such as a teacher.

As AI systems, software, and support become more prevalent, students may be able to learn from anywhere in the globe at any time (for better or worse). AI-powered educational systems are currently helping students acquire fundamental abilities, but as these programs evolve and as developers learn more, they will likely provide students a far wider range of services in the future, as well; resulting in not only a diversified but radically changed education system.

Yet again, in a summarized manner; the society will strive to argue over AI and its pros and cons on a surface level, deciding how much space is supposed to be authorized by AI in our lives. However, it depends on you to take the next decision.

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