As Ralph Nader discussed in his article, 'Why the Future Doesn't Need Us -- Revisited', advances in AI are concerning many scientists including Stephen Hawking. The technology entrepreneur Elon Musk has warned that AI is "our biggest existential threat". Now many professors are adding their weight to this discussion.

AI is rapidly becoming an integral tool in many companies including Amazon, Google, AirBnB, Uber - to name a few. AI is an important application for businesses as it is a way to ensure that one gets reliable, accurate results far more rapidly than any other alternative approaches. It is used to do many tasks unable to be done by humans.

From basic to complex roles, AI is starting to replace humans.

  • In Japan there is a hotel completely run by AI powered robots. The room key is an AI powered face recognition software.
  • AI can drive cars such as the google driverless car.
  • Lawyers used to take boxes of legal documents and figure out which ones are discoverable. Now that job is being done faster and more accurately with machine learning than human lawyers could do it.
  • Machine learning has been found to be more accurate than pathologists with years of training and experience in identifying where the active parts of a breast cancer tumor were.
  • Cures for conditions such as cancer are now being worked on by AI.
  • With robots already running hotels, driving cars, replacing lawyers and pathologists, solving business challenges, and finding cures for diseases, that does leave us with the question: Will humans be needed in the future?