Skynet Is Here

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In North America it is Google that runs the machine learning show. While Apple is trying to play some catch-up ball the giant’s highly efficient intelligent personal assistant, Google Now, Japan is miles ahead in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) game.

Numerous game-changing products originated in Japan: high-speed passenger trains, first digital camera and an extended arm for selfies (How did you cope without them?). Recently, the land of cherry blossom has introduced a revolutionary development… your future boss.

Hitachi Ltd. has developed a new initiative in which AI technology will enable robots to deliver instructions to employees based on analyzes of Big Data and the workers’ routines. Recently, the AI program has been put in charge of a warehouse management system. The effect is an 8 percent increase in efficiency among its human workers.

Naturally, atomization is hardly a new invention. It dates back to Industrial Revolution. However, what is worth noting is that the AI ‘boss’ doesn’t deal with routine tasks only. It’s able to adjust work orders in real time. Skynet The system bases its decisions on enormous swirls of Big Data stored up the Cloud. Judging from past experience, the program can determine new approaches in work to improve efficiency as well as select the best course of action.

Your new boss might not be moody, but it will be to examine an extremely large amount of data to provide the most efficient instruction, which your current one will never be able to grasp. While such a major improvement is very welcome in the workplace, it also offers scary prospects. Workers not being able to perform to the standards of tomorrow might loose jobs. After all, the AI program sets a high bar people need to measures themselves against. In fact, you might be thinking already that advances in technology will portend a future with reduced need for human workers.

Such claim is still premature as AI is still at its early stages and Hitachi will test it further in the next few years before making it commercially available. Once it is in use, it is supposed to creep into a wide range of fields, such as finance, health care, transport. However, automation has already been in place for a while and although it has taken away some jobs, it also created others, according to a London School of Economics study. Since it’s already difficult to quantify the effect of today’s technology on job creation, predicting the effects of future advances can only be a subject of speculation.

What is certain, however, is that AI can definitely be of our service. A researcher at the University of Montreal has been working on a program that could lessen left swiping on Tinder. God bless technology.