How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love AI
hile AI will dramatically transform how work is done and who does it， its overall impact won't be to displace humans but to augment them. And the myriad， miraculous ways that this technology will be able to improve people's lives should excite and inspire.
Most of the fears of artificial intelligence are overblown if not altogether unfounded. For one thing， the machine-learning models that are being deployed in enterprises today are lightyears away from the kind of general intelligence that humans possess and that the public （with their Terminator and Ex Machina ideas of artificial intelligence） thinks of when it thinks of AI/ML. These models are all depth and no breadth: very powerful at what they've been trained to do—image recognition， speech-to-text， disease diagnosis—but extremely limited in the imaginative scope of what they can do beyond that. Today's AI lacks a human child's common sense ability to do something as simple as， say， reliably pick out a chihuahua from a blueberry muffin.
In fact， far from replacing people， the most promising products being developed are the ones that marry human judgment and intuition with AI's brute-force processing power. The reality is that because code has been commoditized， most innovation is now being created at the interface with end users—at the level where empathy is essential. Consumers don't care， ultimately， how advanced a company's technology is; they care about how simple the solution it offers is.
Artificial intelligence isn't a Sarah Connor-killing， jobs-eradicating threat. It's a tool， which in the past decade， has arrived at a point where it is finally practical to deploy across the tech ecosystem. There isn't and won't be a single AI company. Instead， you will see artificial intelligence woven into the fabric of everything—whether you're interacting with a virtual personal assistant like Siri or Alexa， or trying to find the fastest route to the airport， or optimizing which color blouse you'd be most likely to buy from your monthly subscription commerce service， or how to detect which drones flying above Levi's Stadium are friend or foe.
And perhaps it's only when a technology is fully integrated into daily life， and recedes into the background of our imagination， that people stop fearing it. After all， the most successful automations are no longer called robots—they're called cruise control， washing machines， and elevators. So: be not afraid. The machines are rising，and they will carry us higher.