AI and robotics, are two of the biggest buzzwords in recent years. Promising a utopian future with unprecedented technological development or a dystopian hellscape where they reign supreme. It’s hard not to be excited, for better or worse…
But you may be wondering, what is the difference between artificial intelligence and robotics?
Don’t worry, in this article, I will be answering that question and much more. So without further ado, let’s jump right in.
Firstly, let’s start with AI. Simply put, AI aims to replicate human intelligence by utilizing computers that dynamically change based on various inputs.
This includes problem-solving, decision-making, and learning. It first started as simple reactive machines which emulate humans’ reactions to stimuli. They were limited in the sense that they did learn from previous experiences.
However, this limitation was overcome as artificial intelligence developed into machine learning. In essence, this is when AI makes informed decisions based on a large data feed.
This allows machines to mimic human intelligence by using previous experiences and data to make informed decisions in the present hence the name machine learning. Unlike robotics, A.I is completely digital and is represented by the confines of code.
Popular use cases include language chatboxes such as the ChatGPT to customized promotion whereby brands provide tailored ads to customers.
On the other hand, robotics is concerned with physical devices that perform tasks such as self-driving cars or machines on production lines. In other words, it is a branch of engineering that deals with the manufacturing and design of robots.
These robots can perform tasks that were traditionally done by humans which can help improve the efficiency of labor for businesses and reduce human error. This can be anything from food delivery robots to robotic arms for surgeries.
But ultimately, the two technologies are synergistic and often used together. The relationship is often intertwined to get the benefits of both. AI provides dynamic human-like intelligence and robots act as the labor.
But what does the future hold for this novel technology?
Well, there are two ways to look at it. One is littered with widespread unemployment and extreme centralization of power for big tech and governments.
A world where AI automates nearly every job we know today leading to mass layoffs, starting with simple jobs like freelance writers and fast food workers but then inevitably replacing highly skilled jobs such as coders and data analysts.
Not to mention, it will give even more power to the ever-growing big tech companies. They will gain more sway in global influence by utilizing AI and robots to harvest your data and sway public knowledge in their favor while censoring those they don’t like.
But in my opinion, this is not the world that I envision. I envision a world where we can use AI and robots as tools. Emerging jobs will come out of these sectors and people will move to fields they have less of a hold on such as art and culture.
When it comes to unemployment ultimately governments will have to step in. Universal basic income will be universal for lack of a better word because without it there will be a widespread revolt by the populous.
At the end of the day, AI and robotics will lead to unprecedented technological growth that we have not seen since the start of the internet and the industrial revolution.
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