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I work at ValueFirst Digital Media Private Ltd. I am a Product Marketer in the Surbo Team. Surbo is Chatbot Generator Platform owned by Value First.

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By satyamkapoor |Email | Mar 22, 2018 | 6945 Views

A popular academician and technologist has lashed out at all the false information that is doing the rounds on artificial intelligence. He claims, that the technology is still in its infancy and it is not as advanced as we are led to believe.


Dr. Nico Neumann, an assistant professor at the Melbourne Business School claims that the doomsday scenario that we are all building of killer robots is far from real.


Dr. Neumann feels that everyone needs to take a reality check about where the AI technology really stands currently rather than have false notions about it.He pointed out that next time you see a big headline about AI, just replace the word with computer program and see if it still sounds that exciting.


Dr. Neumann showcased a video of a Japanese made humanoid robot doing basic acrobatic which had got thousands of views online. He also then showed another video which was much less widely viewed in which the robot struggles to recognize a shelving unit and ultimately topples backwards along with the shelves.


This ignorance about the reality of AI in practice is preventing us to see the amount of human intervention it takes to achieve even basic tasks using AI. The recent deaths due to driverless cars has highlighted the gaps in the AI technology and how it is far from perfect.


Dr. Neumann said that a single error in a program could multiply to hundreds of thousands of cars. He also said that we need to take into account other factors for AI development like the legal and financial limiations and more.

He also pointed out other examples of AI failure where it failed to differentiate between the rolls of Shar Pei puppy and a folded towel of the same color. For these and many other reasons Dr. Neumann feels it is quite unlikely that AI will replace humans in jobs in the next 10 to 20 years.

He did admit that some jobs may be lost to machines but these are most certainly going to be low value and boring jobs that add little value or productivity to businesses.

Source: HOB