The Fourth Industrial Revolution
Will It Become AI/Robots vs Mankind?
The late great Stephen Hawking was quoted saying this about AI/artificial intelligence and the end of mankind:
“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”
“It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate.”
“Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”
In other words, AI and mechanical technology, in additional to new technologies, are growing and can grow at an exponential rate, where as we frail humans, may take decades and generations to make the evolutionary changes required to keep up.
The fact is without genetic engineering, there is little way we could keep up.
So as humans with our frailties, and we can use technology to make robots and create AI that can think for itself, what happens to use….as humans?
Do we become Overlords of an industrial world of robots, or are we simply Minion to the great machines we build.
What is The Fourth Revolution?
The Fourth Revolution in its simplest terms is like the three (3) revolutions before it, something that changes the way we live; technology, the digital age, social media, AI, and all of this rolled into one, to change how we live.
The previous revolutions (industrial revolutions):
* Mechanical Age: the steam engine changing the way we live
* Science and Mass Production: gasoline engines, chemicals being used, mass production of food and products
* Digital Age: transistors instead of tubes, cable for TV’s, satellites
and the Fourth Revolution:
Wireless cars, 3D printers, robots, flying and/or autonomous cars.
So how big can this revolution go? It may replace us and some of our jobs.
Robots and Jobs
It is thought that by 2030, robots will “replace 20 million jobs”.
That is a lot of jobs!
However, with this rise in the use of robots and the loss of some jobs, productivity will increase.
Automation is becoming more the norm now in everything.
If you phone a company and get a call centre, the calls are automated to a point to try and get you to the right person, but not after asking you a few questions, and having you press a few buttons. Even then you can in many instances just say your name or account number and why you are calling.
Banking is almost completely automated, no one goes into bank branches these days. All banking is done online, or on a mobile application.
By moving towards a cashless society we are also moving towards more automated and robotic use of technology.
Of course until robots and AI and even automated industries can repair themselves, humans will be needed as the minions of repair.