Artificial Intelligence – Benefits, Drawbacks and Potential

Artificial Intelligence is a branch of computer science which deals with creating machines that are able to process and solve complex problems in a more human-like form. Basically, what is defined as characteristic human intelligence is being copied and replicated and then applied into algorithmic languages that the computers can understand. AI is highly associated with the field of computer science but expertise in other areas such as applied mathematics, psychology, philosophy, engineering and social intelligence are closely integrated. Combining the knowledge gained from these various fields of studies is essential in order to advance in the research and study of artificial intelligence.

The use of computers is well-suited for performing complex mechanical computations that are otherwise not possible for humans. State-of-the-art machines with integrated AI can perform simple tasks more efficiently and with greater speed and reliability than humans can. It is for this reason that AI comes beneficial for performing monotonous and tireless tasks that humans are not capable of. If people need to take breaks, a machine that is assisted with AI can continuously go on to operate for longer hours.

If solving complex computations and tireless performances can be done by AI computers and machines, there are also drawbacks that can be experienced. Machines and computers do breakdown and if it does happen, there is no work that can be carried out. All processes are also put to a halt whenever systems maintenance is being done. This can be a deterrent to the overall productivity of any company.

Furthermore, machine behavior also has its setbacks. Humans are known adapt to any situation. There are specific and complex situations that computers do not understand. Humans have current capabilities of approaching problems with high-level of reasoning, abstract thinking and pattern recognition. Hence, AI studies strive to capture all these intelligent traits of humans in order to improve this behavior of machines for overcoming complex tasks and adapting to new situations.

Ever since people were intrigued by the prospect of creating intelligent machines, there have been so many improvements that have been gained through the years. The applications of AI have grown in abundance and stretched their span from the sectors in engineering to movie-making industry, videogame development, medical facilities and scientific research labs.

In the succeeding years, it is expected that artificial machines will continue to thrive and flourish. Mankind is getting closer to their quest for creating artificial machines that have the capacity for intelligent thought and human-like reasoning. With advancements in technology and continued research and studies, this may come sooner than all of us expected.