Artificial Intelligence vs. Human Intelligence - Who Wins?

This article gives us a glimpse of the future of machine intelligence, arguing that science is likely decades away from being able to understand, let alone replace, human intelligence in general.

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One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.

Elbert Hubbard

Who shall prevail? The Man or the Machine

You’ll agree with me when I say…

Being Human, we all want the man to win. Actually, we can’t imagine ourselves as a slave of some metal bodies, after all. But with the advancement of AI, we all are also concerned and curious to know what will be the consequences if the AI eventually starts leading us.

Think about this for a moment –

What can be the consequences when a chess machine beats the world chess champion?

There will not be any professional chess tournaments. No sponsorship, no media coverage of world championship matches.

In fact, thinking that the best chess player in the world is a machine, no one will be interested to play chess at all.

The Competition of Man vs. Machine

Humans have evolved over the past six million years while machines are in their infancy. However, the comparison and competition of man with machines have been part of the conversation since the first machine was invented. In some areas, Artificial Intelligence is currently as competent as it's human counterparts and in other areas, it’s far better than human intelligence.

Based on the past records on different scenarios, let’s have a faceoff between Human Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence


Now if this is not enough, try to solve this math question without using any device:


By the time you started calculating, a normal computer could have already calculated the precise answer to the 1000th digit.

All in all, AI enabled devices can complete task much faster than human with more accuracy and less errors.

So, who wins the faceoff?

Undoubtedly, Artificial Intelligence is the hands-down winner. Right!

Wait, the game is not yet over; there is lot more...

Despite of having all these advantages, scientists have realised that making machines is easy, but bringing in the complete range of ethics, human rights and social construct would be difficult to imbed.

Machines lack social/ interpersonal intelligence  the ability to understand other people: how they work, what motivates them, how to work cooperatively with them. The professionals in sales, politics, and teaching are all likely to be individuals with high degrees of social intelligence.

Machines lack moral Intelligence  the ability to distinguish between right and wrong. In other words, it’s the ability to make sound decisions that benefit not only yourself, but others around you.

For example, in case of taking difficult decisions like deciding the direction of an out-of-control car in an overcrowded area, human will make better decision than self-driving cars.

Machines lack emotional intelligence  the ability to monitor one's own and others' emotions, to discriminate among them, and to use the information to guide one's thinking and actions.

In short, human will always be better in loving, sharing, caring, forgiving, laughing, hugging, dancing, wondering, and healing.

Maria Valez-Rojas, Research Scientist with the Deep Dive Research, said "You would like AI to do what you intend it to do, but sometimes it can behave unexpectedly," she said, adding that Alexa or Siri can take non-human instructions from audio in television and deliver results which are unintended. "Your Apple watch can be hacked to get your passwords by motion detection as you type them into the laptop,"

AI vs. Human Intelligence – the final verdict

In this era of rapid technological advancements, the biggest question is -- At what point will Artificial Intelligence surpass us and what are the consequences?

While A.I.'s ability to interpret language and emotion will definitely improve, it's unlikely it will ever fully replace the human ability to associate and build trust.

So, despite major advances, Artificial Intelligence is still decades away in matching human intelligence.

Regarding the consequences…

Valez-Rojas, who's working on "cobotics" i.e. human collaboration with robotics, said that the new era of interaction with robots is coming where they will collaborate "not to replace us, but to help with our jobs". She said AI will eventually help robots to understand the human environment.

Even if AI surpasses us someday, it is we the human, who are the creators of this disruptive technology and the creator always has the upper hand. It’s just that we need to understand that all good things come at a price

As Elon Musk quotes in twitter, “Worth reading Super intelligence by Bostrom. We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.”, so we need to be better prepared to deal with such scary situations.

As of now, Artificial Intelligence has to go a long way to beat human intelligence. Humans are still the best -- so CHEER UP!

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