Today’s labor force is facing a new threat of outsourcing: technology. Many predict that today’s workers in a variety of industries will ultimately be replaced by algorithms.
Is the robo-apocalypse really upon us? Don’t be so sure. Here are four ways human intelligence outsmarts AI:
You can (and desire to) experiment
Artificial intelligence relies on past results to predict future outcomes. Of course, a previous solution is often just one way to accomplish a goal. As a human, your curiosity drives you to try something new.
You ask the questions
In Douglas Adams’ classic book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, super computers calculate that the answer to “life, the universe, everything” is 42. Yet it’s entirely useless to the cast of characters who don’t know what the question was to begin with. Computers can quickly generate data, but it takes a human to determine what information is actually useful.
You’re an emotional being
If the world operated according to logic, no one would quit their job to start a business, marry their high school sweetheart or purchase luxury cars. Life, and business, will always require big risks and no small amount of faith. That’s something computers will never understand.
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