The potential negative impact of artificial intelligence has been of keen interest to some of the best minds on the planet.
Professor Stephen Hawking told the BBC that “the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”
Elon Musk, the entrepreneur and inventor, had some pretty stark reservations about AI, but shifted his stance in his words to the World Government Summit in Dubai more recently, when he said, “Over time, I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence.”
This begins to illustrate the two camps in the debate for our future: artificial intelligence (AI) and intelligence augmentation (IA).
Artificial Intelligence vs Intelligence Augmentation
For those new to the conversation, artificial intelligence is the development of a machine consciousness that can independently make decisions. Think Skynet from the Terminator films.
Intelligence augmentation, on the other hand, is the pairing of humanity with technology, realizing the best of them both in the coupling. Wearable augmented reality is a good example of delivering capabilities beyond the standard human spectrum.
And because companies are developing in the area of intelligence augmentation, its success will mean you won’t have to worry about that dystopian robot future. What you may have to worry about, however, is your need to adopt this new technology before the world moves too far ahead of you.
The Benefits of Intelligence Augmentation
“We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better, stronger, faster.” — Oscar Goldman (Richard Anderson), The Six Million Dollar Man
The biggest benefit of intelligence augmentation is that it keeps the human in the equation, which in turn maintains the importance of the person and, on the bottom line, keeps people employed. But let’s not forget, there are things that machines are capable of that humans aren’t.
We can’t see everything.
With the addition of technology, people can see beyond the visual spectrum. One such use is thermal vision. Beyond simply what’s hot and what’s not, this improves safety in the workforce. Additionally, as machines tend to heat up as they start to break down, gathering this information over time with analysis allows a window to perform preventative maintenance before losing production to the “unexpected.”
Our memory isn’t perfect.
What if you were empowered to catalogue your environment as you walk through it over the course of normal workday operations, tracking machinery, tool placement, and even thermal mapping?
We can’t know how to do everything.
What if, no matter what the task, the information was available to you, contextually relevant, where you need it, when you need it? This is accomplished through augmented work instructions. Useful beyond the worksite as well as surgeons are already training for medical procedures using AR and IA. Use of augmented work instructions allows you to retrain a worker on the job without the downtime of stopping work to go through the process of offsite retraining.
These are just some of the technologies that can be applied in the field today.
In the near future, more progress will be made returning senses and functionality to those who’ve lost them or even were born without.
We can’t do everything.
But what if you could?
What if you can?
The Road to Intelligence Augmentation
Despite what some might have you believe, robots aren’t coming to take your job, but other people are. Other people who will embrace the power of intelligence augmentation to deliver abilities beyond their inborn ones are. Be ahead of the curve by discovering your path to intelligence augmentation today.
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