Artificial intelligence is growing rapidly. Debates are erupting on whether machines can be better than humans or not; the answer is both yes and no. No because machines will always be machines, they can never be living breathing humans. They consciousness will be mechanical – always.
But is that why we want artificial intelligence? For them to have humanly traits like love, talking, laughter, feeling, life and death? No. We want AI to push the mechanical boundaries that are always task oriented, and make life easy for us.
In that regard, yes AI can do better than humans.
Here are five ways how;
Do quicker web research
When you Google things, you know what happens? Google has a self-learning machine called RankBrain. It is an AI that handles queries. It works on the meaning of various words, phrases, their meanings, patterns and human behavior related to search queries.
When tested with human counterparts, humans showed 70% accuracy in guessing the true meaning of queries while RankBrain had 80% accuracy!
The system is not fully deployed yet, it works in collaboration with Google’s Hummingbird search algorithm. However, RankBrain gives a very good idea about things to come.
Work in impossible environments
Robots don’t need oxygen, they can survive climatic conditions we humans never could. Take deep space for example, a robot can collect and send data without worrying about habitability, sleep, food or other human requirements and sentiments. NASA’s rovers are doing exactly that.
Can you imagine a human being landing on mars or flying through endless space?
Scientists are working on making the space rovers more intelligent and self-sufficient. Recently researchers in UC Berkley successfully taught robots to do delicate stuff such as opening bottle caps, removing a nail from the wood, pouring and serving a glass of water etc.
Speak and translate all languages
Needless to say that a human being cannot learn more than a few languages, in fact most humans on earth and monolingual. AI, however can learn as many languages as there are on Earth. Google Translator is already making gigantic leaps.
Surely all of this is not 100% accurate at the moment, far from it in fact but we are headed in the right direction. Everyone knows that it is only a matter of time before human translators become obsolete.
Make error free calculations
Calculators are error free and let’s face it no human can calculate numbers as quick as a calculator can. Imagine if there is an advance thinking AI that can solve complicated equations quickly and un-erroneously, then sky is the limit.
Researchers are working on algorithms that allow AI to have a critical thinking process along with a super-fast calculating ability.
Just think how quickly the blueprints of skyscrapers will be completed or flight patterns be deduced. It is all about calculations and AI can do it better than us.
Perform better surgeries
This one may come to you as a surprise but it is true. Robots don’t get tired. Robots don’t have physical fallibility. A robot equipped with proper AI can perform 1000 operations per day!
Some believe that doctors will become completely obsolete in 50 years or so. AI will be able to diagnose and treat medical illnesses with 100% accuracy.
It would be interesting to see that happen.