Artificial intelligence is all around us, probably more than a lot of people realize. It’s used in almost every facet of life and the things it can do to help us are rather exciting. The problem is that there are a lot of naysayers out there who believe that AI will actually be more harmful to mankind than it is helpful. Many of them have preconceived notions that AI is bad for us. And while there are ways that AI can be used for harm, overall it’s actually quite handy and has improved our quality of life quite a bit. Here are a few of the most common misconceptions surrounding artificial intelligence.
AI Will Take My Job
Probably the most common misconception is that artificial intelligence will become so powerful that it will begin to take away many people’s jobs. While it’s true that artificial intelligence is making it so some lower-skilled jobs are becoming redundant, the truth is that this trend has been blown out of proportion. There’s little evidence that a massive number of people will become unemployed due to machines taking their jobs. In fact, there’s actually more evidence that AI will just create more jobs!
It’s Easy To Tell The Difference Between AI and a Human
Many people believe that spotting the difference between a human and an AI is easy, but you’d be surprised by how many people don’t realize when they’re dealing with AI on a day to day basis. For example, some news outlets such as The Washington Post and the Associated Press use AI to write sports stories, weather reports, and financial news, meaning some of the news you read could be written by a robot!
AI Will Become Smarter Than Humans
In some way, this misconception is true. It’s true that AI has already outpaced humans in things such as the ability to recall information and the speed they can calculate an equation, there are plenty of things that it hasn’t outpaced us in and likely won’t for quite some time. For example, AI doesn’t have the capacity for emotional intelligence as we do, and it doesn’t have the creative ability that humans have either.