Even in a “runaway Artificial Intelligence (AI)” scenario, robots will not render people completely jobless, said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, talking about the theories of threats that the futuristic technology might incur.
Artificial Intelligence is one of the latest technological trends currently, and as fantasized as everyone is, there are certain concerns that comes along. The foremost one is – whether AI will take over all human jobs and make us dependent and jobless. Talking about these speculations regarding AI, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that people will always want a job as it gives them “dignity” so we should focus on applying AI technology ethically, instead of worrying about losing our jobs to something as virtual as AI.
The techie said that the first choices we humans get to make are choices around the design of AI, so we should make the first design choice in a way that it augments human capabilities instead of replacing them. The master weaver, Nadella explains, is in short supply, so a bot designed by Microsoft – it’s called Ruuh, or soul – creates designs that are used by weavers to create new designs/patterns. Nadella presented this example to signify it as an example in the context of whether AI will kill jobs or whether it would enhance capabilities of people and so create new jobs.
As per a report in MIT Technology Review published on May 25, Microsoft is currently building a tool to automate the identification of bias in a range of different AI algorithms. This tool from Microsoft is having the potential to enable businesses use AI without unintentionally discerning against certain groups of people. Nevertheless, by the words of Microsoft CEO in his interview, it can surely be judged that even though the future might have a huge impact of the AI technology, there is no need to press the panic button with regard to the issue of job security if the companies make use of the latest technology in an ethical and sensible way thinking about the overall interests of the global economy.