AI is increasingly at the forefront of the tech world and has had a lot of light shined on it in 2017, despite being around for years. However, with the drive in interest, comes a lot of myths with AI – and fear. We unpack the 4 most common myths below:
- AI is a fancy term for robot – Firstly, robots and AI are two completely different concepts. AI utilises algorithms in computer programs to do tasks that generally would require human intelligence (a good way to think of AI is as a brain). On the other hand, robots are just programmable machines, that carry out autonomous or semi-autonomous tasks. Overlaps can exist, for instance, a robot which is controlled by AI programs.
- AI is self-sufficient – Fuelled by movies such as Terminator, there is a belief that AI is entirerly self-sufficient (meaning they can exist and run entirely on their own) – this is where a lot of the fear comes from. However, a lot of work in AI still requires some form of human touch. So, it is highly unlikely we are going to see AI take over the world!
- Human jobs are at risk due to AI – A lot of people fear AI will eventually take their jobs. However, what we need to realise is AI is designed to work with humans, not instead of humans. Tech leaders in the modern world are focusing on the path between what a computer can do and what a human can do. Of course, AI will transform some job categories and reduce jobs available in those sectors, however it will create entirely new jobs.
- Only large tech companies use AI – AI is present in many aspects of our day-to-day lives. While large tech companies are usually the ones who are exploring the area, we interact with the technology in our daily routines. For example, smart phones and home assistants utilise AI which collects information and responds to requests.
It is an exciting time ahead!