How are we going to co-exist with smart robots?
Writer and speaker Calum Chace says that smart machines will change the way we live: from how we work to how we relate to one another.
Will machines ever become smarter than human beings? How will our society be transformed if it happens? These are some of the questions raised by the concept of Singularity, which is based on the idea that robots can outsmart human beings. An advocate of this idea, speaker and writer Calum Chace believes that the rise of artificial intelligence will completely change our economy and our lifestyle.
Chace has authored several books on the challenges posed by smart robots, such as The Economic Singularity, Surviving AI and Pandora’s Brain, and is a huge fan of science fiction. When he retired from his career in business, he started wondering whether these stories might actually become true, to such an extent that AI might end up defining our lives.
Six years later, he says that artificial intelligence will indeed outsmart human beings in a few decades, and that the effects of this shall be as important as those brought by the invention of farming. Consequently, we must be ready to deal with the challenges that are bound to impact different aspects of our daily lives.
According to Chace, the job market is one of the things that will require an update, since many jobs will be taken by robots in the future. Chace, who was one of the speakers at the latest edition of EmTech France 2017, often uses driverless cars and self-driving systems as an example.
In a few years, due to costs saving in commercial fleets of this kind of vehicle, it will be easy to do without taxi, van or bus drivers. Moreover, while people have to wait to become adults before they can learn how to drive, robots can do it better and faster.
In view of this situation, Chace, who was a consultant in the transformation of businesses big and small, explains that we need a plan to adapt to this new society, since an economy where most people are jobless would be unsustainable.
In his opinion, we must transition to an economy defined by Singularity, by establishing a common ground between organizations, governments and banks. The aim is to build a model that allows human beings to co-exist with highly competitive machines. A challenge that he faces with optimism: “I am confident that we can make this transition successfully.” However, it is essential that we start preparing soon, because the impact is bound to be huge. In the next two generations, the creation of super-smart robots will not only make us change the way we work, it will also involve changes in the way we relate to one another and even love one another.