There is a common stigma surrounding AI and its ability to compete or replace the need for human capabilities. However, Tom Gruber, co-creator of Apple’s Siri explains that ‘Humanistic AI’ can successfully empower humans with Machine Intelligence. Here are some examples of how AI is impacting our lives for the better.
Pathologists study hundreds of slides in order to determine if cancer cells are present in patients. Over time a ‘classifier’ is developed to complete the
se studies whereby AI determines if the cells are cancerous or not. While the classifier achieved impressive results with an accuracy rating of 92.5%, the humans achieved even better results with a 96.6% accuracy rating.What’s more interesting, though, is that when the machine and human efforts were combined, an accuracy rating of 99.5% was achieved.
Putting that into the context of what we do today, imagine a world where a machine or program doesn’t replace the efforts of a marketer, a writer, a salesperson. Humanistic AI, the pairing of AI and human, we exponentially improve the success rate of campaigns, the searchability of content, or the determination of which sales opportunity has a greater chance of closing.
The Value of Human Judgement
While it’s inevitable that programs and machines can and will automate or replace some of the things we do human judgement is too valuable to eliminate. AI has zero judgment, only humans have judgment. AI is not displacing humans, but rather empowering humans to focus more on the judgment role, as opposed to the combined prediction-judgement routine of decision making.
AI Is Our Digital Memory
Humanistic AI could help to improve our human memory system. Consider the fact that we lead almost completely digital lives, creating the data that becomes our digital memory. Now imagine a world where AI helps us to save, organize, and retrieve everything we’ve ever read, looked at, learned, or said at any time. The knowledge we would each possess would be invaluable. We would learn faster, retain more, and provide better insights to everything we do in everyday work-life.
Machines Make Us Smarter
Ultimately, it’s not about how machines can replace us, it’s about “how smart can machines make us?”. It’s a somewhat different thought that deflates the stigma that AI and machines are meant solely to replace humans.
Watch Tom Gruber talk about Humanistic AI below to find out more:
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