Wednesday, January 4, 2012

What role will Artificial Intelligence actually play in human affairs in the next few decades?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the combination of computer science, physiology and philosophy. It includes capacity to learn, store and maintain the knowledge, utilize commonsense reasoning, apply analytical abilities, discern relationships between facts, communicate ideas to others, perceive and make sense of the world and imagine new situations and events. The machines aided with the technology of Artificial Intelligence, therefore, will have their own thinking and deciding capabilities. As a result, they will be operating automatically and responding to any situation intelligibly. Thus, they will be mobilized in every possible field of human endeavour.

Technology, rightly, has become our right hand. Every work we perform today is aided by technology. Consequently, we are capable of performing difficult works in comparatively less time. Artificial Intelligence too can be used for human welfare by pushing the technology further. All the machines using this technology will be able to work independently. In most of the cases, they will reduce, if not replace, the employees. Moreover, the time duration required for the completion of work will be reduced. Humans will, thus, get rid of busy schedules of their work and hence they will have free time to enjoy their life with their family and friends. In this way, social and family life of the people will be drastically improved with the introduction of AI into work.

AI will increase the application fields of computers and machineries. Even to this date there are tasks which needs to be done manually. We perform research works and analyse them, for example, by ourselves. Then we decide the present condition of the subject and provide a solution for its improvement. Such works like conducting research, analyzing data and decision making and whatever tasks that require human involvement will be handed to the AI aided robots. With the help of AI machines will become capable of performing almost all the works done by humans at present. So, they can be used in household task for driving, playing, cooking and cleaning and in industrial tasks for processing the raw materials, storing the finished goods and managing the stocks. Therefore, AI will see a wide range of application fields.

Human's experimental works will be accelerated by the help of AI. The robots with AI will be performing risky and hazardous experiments in the absence of humans. They will be sent to do research in space and other planets. There they will do everything a human was supposed to do. Furthermore, they can be sent to mysterious places like the 'Bermuda Triangle' to discover what actually happens in that area. They can also experiment on the curiosities which arouse in them. Thus, they may find new facts or invent new machines. Therefore, robots will have even more scope than humans in scientific experiments.

However, there can be threat to humans from the AI machines. As a scientific fiction, Frankeinstein by Mary Shelley, portrays the possibility of threat from the man-made human, AI robots can draw the same fate to humans. Since it is potentially likely the scientists should be aware enough to avoid such consequences.

The employees will become jobless if the human workforce is replaced by the AI robots. A lot of problems will arise as a consequence. Only the proprietors will earn money. Others will be bankrupt. Questions like 'Who will take care of jobless people?' will arise. If the government is to handle these people then also it will not be devoid of problems. Equality will become an issue thereafter to what amount of support does each person gets. Eventually there will be political instability since there is high chance that people will protest and launch strikes and so on.

Summarising all these we can conclude that Artificial intelligence will be a very useful technology to mankind. Its use will indeed revolutionise our lifestyle and foster our social life. Since their haphazard implementation can bring countless problems the government or any responsible organisation should regulate and control their uses in various fields of human concern. They should be used wisely and for constructive progress of human beings.


  1. Does this essay have any CIE or examiner report?

  2. No, it doesn't. Only the essays categorized as "Sample A Graded Essays" have comments from CIE.