Should we be afraid of artificial intelligence?

Artificial intelligence as we know it is not something to be feared, quite the contrary. Several speeches tend to incriminate it for various reasons such as the loss of jobs or the loss of humanization. However, in reality, the contributions of this technology are a real godsend for mankind. Added to this are numerous fictions such as iRobot, which offer a more than horrific spectacle of AI, undermining its popularity by showing its most unfortunate destiny.

First of all, artificial intelligence still has a long way to go before it can even come close to the complexity of the human brain. Indeed, it is now extremely efficient at handling repetitive tasks because its computing power allows it to excel in this area. Moreover, Man is always a decisive factor in its functioning, because AI needs human intervention to function. This already puts disaster scenarios into question to a large extent!

Moreover, as with any major innovation, some things disappear, others are created. Thus, many professions, linked to AI, are likely to appear in the professional sphere in order to design and manage as well as possible these artificial intelligences that will become part of our daily lives. “Yes, but as a result, some jobs will disappear!” you would say. In reality, no, because artificial intelligence will be at the service of individuals, whatever their function. Its objective is not to replace Man, but to support him in order to improve his efficiency while reducing his efforts.

Examples are certainly better than endless explanations to support the contributions of this technology. Today, in the medical field, Watson, the system designed by IBM, is performing feats such as detecting disease at record accuracy rates (90% versus 50% from a doctor on the diagnosis of lung cancer). Similarly, with regard to home care, the analysis of habits, a repetitive task, makes it possible to detect anomalies and alert emergency services in the event of a problem, saving many lives.



In a more ecological dimension, AI offers continuous analyses of the functioning of homes in order to work for the reduction of energy consumption and directly, for a greener world. It is even possible to protect animal species thanks to AI, Two-I, a start-up company from the Région Grand-Est is able to identify cetaceans on the French Atlantic coast in order to monitor their population and preserve it. On the application side, these are just a few examples of the possibilities of artificial intelligence.

In short, what must be remembered is that it is expected to play a decisive role in the sustainability of mankind.