AUG 18 EDITIONInnovation

Man VS Machine

By Victor Olupese

As Artificial Intelligence rapidly advances, the question relating to computer processing being able to match human cognition still lingers around the mind of man. Questions we yearn to get answers for, about the new age of technology and how it births the reality that machines are capable of unimaginable possibilities in this new world and the future.

Over the years man conceived innovations, innovations that birth technology, and technology brought about automation. Automation which helped build machines that make process of development possible without much human assistance. Machines possible of using behavioral algorithms in solving problems and predicting people’s emotions and life choices. Alexa and Tesla are manifestations of what machine learning can do. The Tesla mobile drew the world’s attention to the possibility of a self-driving automobile. Alexa is a virtual assistant who uses voice interaction to communicate with man and can assist in several tasks such as making to do list, provide information and news you ask for. Some of these things you know, this I agree. But have you heard of Sophia? Sophia is an existing epiphany of the Power and future of artificial intelligence and machinery. Sophia is a humanoid robot (Machine) which can be seen and felt, unlike Alexa. It interacts like a human, looks like a human and behaves like one. It is a machine that can engage you in a conversation, respond to specific questions and possibly provide solutions. She has been in several interviews and is the first robot in history to receive citizenship in any country, which was made official in Saudi Arabia. The use of robotics to process automation has proven to be efficient and has helped reduce cost in some fields such as the fabrication industry and beyond. The human brain is superior in thinking of solutions to solve problems, so are machines in certain situations. The ATM’S we use for transactions, cars we drive, are all as a result of machines.

It has been proven that machines could process information faster than we can. The ability of an automobile to detect objects in its surrounding environment, or identify lane markings, for instance are all as a result of deep learning by machines. Google search engines is also an example of how machine learning works, whereby it predicts what you’re searching for. Machines help to make process faster and easier for us all to benefit from, and as the new world becomes increasingly automated by machines and artificial intelligence systems, it is clear the future would depend on them. Technological advancements with machines has evolved over the years and has aided man in carrying out multiple tasks in addressing societal challenges which was thought to be only resolved by man.

The medical sector globally is a great manifestation of the power of machines, artificial intelligence and man in the near future. For a man like Johnny Matheny who lost his arm in 2005 has become the first human in the world to possess and live with an advanced mind controlled robotic arm which is controlled by neural activity in the brain to restore motor function as to feel entirely natural and restore sensory abilities in the long run. This is unprecedented in the field of prosthetics and has brought about revolution. It remains a mystery solved that might have lingered from the thoughts of men who would have doubted or thought about the possibility of possessing an arm that can be controlled by the brain. Professor Sae Kwang Hahn who is a professor of materials science and engineering at Pohang University of Science and Technology in Korea and some researchers have  made a smart diagnostic contact lens with an eye glass combination that can be used to diagnose and monitor diabetes with other eye related diseases and infections when worn by patients. If this works properly by being reliable and affordable, it could be a life changing way to treat eye related diseases that are common complications of diabetes.

With a growing population of over 1 billion, the African continent shouldn’t be thrown into oblivion but instead be seen as one with cosmic opportunity to leverage Al and machine learning in order to birth real solutions to elemental problems that include healthcare and Quality education. The continent of Africa possesses great people that are just as skilled and knowledgeable as anyone else in the world, but lack the necessary tools and resources to bring forth and contribute more to the world’s technological advancements. If we can learn to embrace the Al revolution in Africa and beyond, then we can understand what Machines can help our young digitally connected population achieve by living in a healthier and more secure nation as the rest of the world. Do you think we shouldn’t depend on machines? Do you believe machines shouldn’t evolve overtime? I would leave you to conclude on that while we see what the future holds for man and machines.

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