The human brain is an amazing biological marvel of incredible complexities and astonishing capabilities. It is capable of creating art, devising engineering solutions, visualizing the future of technology, understanding and course-correcting to seek a better future for the planet, and guiding the growth of the human race.
Howsoever incredible it may seem, the human brain still has certain limitations. There’s a limit to how much information and data the human brain can compute and at what speed. Add to that the effects of aging, health factors, and numerous psychological factors, and it’s clear that the human brain has serious limitations.
Even though humanity has come a long way from the stone age, there’s much more to do and a lot more to accomplish. Right from solving the problems at mega scale, such as comprehending the mysteries of space and the universe, to the ones at the micro level, such as determining fundamental particles of matter and their interaction, the human brain needs help and lots of it. To overcome these limitations, artificial intelligence (AI) appears to be a feasible way.
Consider the example of patients suffering from the Parkinson’s disease. Due to the lack of dopamine in their body, they are unable to effectively control their motor skills. Advancement in medical science helps solve this problem. Utilizing ingredients such as the broad bean plant, which produces dopamine naturally, the effects of the disease can be countered. Effective it may be, but the drug also introduces its own challenges and side effects. Excess dopamine triggers other issues as well. These newly introduced harmful effects require more drugs to cure them. Thereby initiating a never-ending vicious cycle.
Artificial Intelligence: The Plausible Future
Realizing the fragility of the human race and intellect, we began exploring the means to aid us in our pursuit of the future. Computers have been utilized for decades to solve complex computational problems. Therefore, it is reasonable to argue that they hold the key to the future.
“humans envisage a role much greater for AI, one that helps solve the infinite mysteries of the world around us.”
AI has started finding its use in commercial applications. For example, chatbots are increasingly replacing customer care representatives to lend customers support when they visit the website. A chatbot can mimic human behavior, ascertaining the meaning of the user query in the applicable context. Similarly, robots now find use in myriad applications, much beyond the traditional shopfloor duties. But, the humans envisage a much greater role for AI, one that helps solve the infinite mysteries of the world around us. Considering the latest advancements in computing (for example, Quantum Computing), we may be much closer to realizing revolutionary AI solutions.
Using AI, we can overcome the limitations of human intelligence. It may present its own challenges. However, considering the benefits, it may be worth it.