Artificial intelligence has been one of the biggest buzzwords of recent years, and it shows no signs of slowing down, with investment in AI companies continually rising. But while AI offers many great benefits, there are also some very real drawbacks to the technology, which are often overlooked.
What if there was an alternative to artificial intelligence? What if there was another way to do something similar, but on a different level? It turns out, there actually is! Artificial intelligence, or AI as it’s commonly known, has become very prominent in today’s world as people rely on computers to make more important decisions.
So far, the only real alternative to artificial intelligence is our brains. This is also referred to as “Organic Intelligence”.
Some scientists and tech experts have suggested that an alternative to artificial intelligence may be possible in the future, so I decided to take a look at how this might be achieved and maybe from there, be able to figure out how AI can be improved upon in the meantime to better serve humanity. As AI becomes more complex, these same scientists wonder if there’s an alternative to artificial intelligence to make machines think like humans instead of the other way around.
What To Expect In This Article
- 1 Why Is Artificial Intelligence A Subject We Can’t Ignore?
- 2 What is Organic Intelligence?
- 3 Which Skills Are Immune To AI Replacement?
- 4 What Does AI Contrast With?
- 5 What Can People Do More Effectively Than AI?
- 6 Are There Any Advantages Of AI Over Organic Intelligence?
- 7 Are Artificial Intelligence and Organic Intelligence the Same Thing?
- 8 Does Organic Intelligence Still Outperform AI in Reliability?
- 9 Conclusion
Why Is Artificial Intelligence A Subject We Can’t Ignore?
I believe that we shouldn’t ignore the topic of artificial intelligence. We shouldn’t ignore it because artificial intelligence is quickly becoming part of our everyday lives. It influences us in many different ways, but we are not yet clear on what impact it has on us. Some people say that artificial intelligence will be a good thing for us, and others say that it will be bad for us. The question is: Are they right? What do you think? Should we pay attention to artificial intelligence or should we just ignore it? Please tell me your opinion about that! In the meantime, let’s delve more into organic intelligence.
What is Organic Intelligence?
The human brain is organic. It isn’t made from silicone or plastic, but from a complex mass of cells, neurons and synapses all working together to form something extraordinary. This has led some artificial intelligence (AI) researchers to wonder: Could we create an AI that works like a human brain? At present, most AIs are patterned after computers and work on a very specific set of tasks that can be solved by algorithms.
The idea of creating something more organic—something capable of truly flexible thought—has gained popularity over recent years as research shows how our brains really work. But could it be done, and what would it look like? Maybe these questions will lead us to some better answers than we have right now. Perhaps a fresh approach is just what we need to figure out how to build smarter machines. So let’s talk about one possible alternative to artificial intelligence: organic intelligence.
What does that mean exactly? Well, for starters, it means looking at how our own minds work. Our brains aren’t hardwired with a single purpose in mind; they adapt and change based on their environment. And while they may not be able to do everything, they excel at many different things. Most importantly, our brains don’t follow rigid rules; instead, they learn through experience. That’s why you can drive a car without thinking about every action you take behind the wheel. You’ve learned how to drive over time by practicing and repeating actions until they become second nature. If you had to consciously think through every action each time you got into your car, driving would become impossible very quickly!
Human intelligence is largely based on learning from past experiences and then applying those lessons to new situations. We have an incredible capacity for pattern recognition. We can look at something as simple as a ball bouncing up and down and make predictions about what will happen next. Our ability to recognize patterns allows us to predict what will happen in future situations so we can react accordingly.
So how may we translate these organic intelligence principles into artificial intelligence?
One idea is called embodied cognition—the idea that physical interaction with objects is essential for understanding them fully. For example, if you want someone else to understand what a basketball looks like, it might help if they actually pick one up or bounce it around themselves before explaining its shape or size.
Similarly, some researchers believe we could create more organic AIs by giving them a body and letting them interact with their environment in real-time. In other words, instead of creating an AI, that’s based on rigid programming and algorithms, we could let AI learn from experience through trial and error.
This concept has been explored by Google’s DeepMind team in London as well as OpenAI, an independent research company in San Francisco founded by Elon Musk. Both teams have created systems capable of learning how to play video games without any pre-programmed instructions or rules. Instead of being told how to play each game, these systems learn how to play simply by playing over and over again—and making mistakes along the way!
These AIs are fed a continuous stream of data from their environments so they can make predictions about what will happen next. Then they use those predictions to inform their actions and predict what will happen next based on those actions. After many iterations, their predictions become more accurate with every try until they finally master a given task.
The end result is something that learns from experience instead of relying on rigid programming. And while it may not be able to do everything we can do yet, it’s pretty impressive for something that started out knowing nothing at all!
Which Skills Are Immune To AI Replacement?
As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to advance, technology is increasingly replacing humans in a range of fields. One of those fields is customer service; companies like Uber and Airbnb have already implemented AI bots to address some customer queries. While these are great examples, it’s important to remember that technology isn’t going to solve all your business problems.
Even as AI grows more advanced and can perform certain tasks better than humans can, there will always be things that only people can do. If you want your business to thrive in an AI-enabled future, you must find out what those things are and take steps now to hire staff accordingly. Here are some skills you can rely on for years to come.
A lot of small businesses make use of apps to help them manage their operations. As such, one area where automation might not work so well is app development. While platforms like WordPress make it easy to launch a website or online store quickly and easily, they may not provide everything you need from a mobile perspective, especially if your target customers are using smartphones rather than desktops or laptops. That’s why many small businesses invest in developing custom apps instead. Even though an AI program could conceivably develop an app for you, humans will still be needed to test that app and make sure it functions properly.
Another area where AI can’t replace humans is the area of customer service. Yes, we have some chatbots that can give you instant replies based on data already stored within the database. However, when dealing with humans, there’s always spontaneity with the kind of complaints received. Even the best customer care agents sometimes face problems in handling requests from some users.
AI cannot replace humans in anything that changes rapidly and can’t be predicted.
In a nutshell, skills that cannot be replaced by AI include:
- Team Building
- Communication Skills
- Critical Thinking
- Visionary Thinking
- Marketing and Sales Management
Even though it’s possible to automate a lot of these processes, you can’t rely on automation alone to keep your business afloat in today’s highly competitive environment because some things need to be done manually and will continue to do so in the future as well.
What Does AI Contrast With?
Inevitably, whenever you talk about a topic as complex and controversial as artificial intelligence, someone will ask: what’s your alternative? But what is it about AI that prompts people to demand an alternative? Do we really need an alternative to AI or are there different directions we could go instead of (or in addition to) artificial intelligence that could give us what we want without threatening our very existence?
The role of super intelligent AI is a key concern for those who worry about the singularity. The idea behind the singularity is that once computers can do everything better than humans, smarter-than-human computers will design even more intelligent computers which will eventually design yet more intelligent computers until some kind of critical point is reached where machines take over and make even further progress on their own. It’s hard to know how likely something like that might be; some thinkers say human-level AGI may be impossible while others think it’s all but inevitable. If something like it were likely, maybe what we’d actually want would be an opposite approach.
Rather than trying to build a machine with superhuman intelligence, why not instead build one with subhuman intelligence? That’s essentially what Deep Blue did in chess: rather than playing chess at superhuman levels, it played at levels far below human grandmasters. Instead of being able to beat Kasparov, Deep Blue was only able to play well enough against other computer programs that its programmers could figure out how they worked and then use that knowledge to improve Deep Blue itself.
Maybe we could build an artificial intelligence so stupid (or so dumb) that it could never outsmart us or threaten our existence—but smart enough (or smart) enough to help us solve problems we couldn’t solve ourselves. Perhaps there are many paths to AI-assisted progress; maybe something like Deep Blue is just as likely as something like Watson.
In any case, when people ask for an alternative to AI, I think they’re really asking for two things:
- Firstly, for some way to keep advanced AI from becoming super intelligent;
- Secondly, for some way to get more value from advanced AI once it does exist.
If you can find a way to do both of those things while still getting all the benefits you expect from AI (self-driving cars and medical diagnostics), I don’t think anyone would complain about that.
What Can People Do More Effectively Than AI?
Human beings are extremely intelligent. While computers may outperform us in terms of calculating massive amounts of data, no machine can match our ability to think creatively, make connections and solve problems. Indeed, technology has always driven progress by creating new solutions to existing problems: a smartphone camera replaced film cameras; on-demand TV and music were created as alternatives to live entertainment.
Still, artificial intelligence is causing us to rethink everything we thought we knew about technology. The next generation of AI is going to cause disruptions that will touch every industry, including agriculture and farming. And there’s no way we’re going to be able to replace it with human labor anytime soon. But even though it might not be possible to have an alternative to AI, humans still have plenty of work left for them. Here are just a few things that humans do better than machines:
1. Machine Learning Depends On Human-Generated Data
The key to artificial intelligence is machine learning, which allows computers to improve at a task with each iteration by studying data from previous iterations. But when it comes to machine learning, humans still beat machines in several ways:
- We can understand concepts and complex ideas
- We have intuition
- We’re able to recognize patterns that don’t exist in data but are just based on our experience or knowledge of what works and what doesn’t work.
This means that computers are limited in how they can learn things because they need to be fed human-generated data before they can do anything useful with it.
2. Humans Excel In Creativity And Problem Solving
A computer is only as good as its programming and algorithms—which is why many of them struggle with basic tasks like facial recognition or handwriting analysis. A computer may be able to beat a human at chess or Jeopardy! but it’s not going to come up with a cure for cancer any time soon (at least not without help from humans).
3. Humans Are Better With People And Interactions
Machines don’t have emotions and don’t understand social cues—so no matter how much we program them; they’re never going to replace us when it comes to customer service or other roles where empathy and understanding are required.
4. Humans Are Flexible And Improvising Under Pressure
Machines can only operate within parameters that have been set by humans, so they can be thrown off by anything outside of those boundaries.
For example, take self-driving cars: A human driver can make a split-second decision in an emergency (like swerving around an animal crossing the road) that a computer simply couldn’t handle.
Are There Any Advantages Of AI Over Organic Intelligence?
For starters, they are not subject to human error. They cannot be confused or misspeak; instead, they are capable of perfectly accurate insight and information every time. The best algorithms also take into account multiple variables at once to provide relevant solutions. The disadvantage is that artificial intelligence is expensive and time-consuming to create and maintain; there’s no replacement for human ingenuity when it comes to coming up with creative solutions based on new information. Until AIs are able can attain consciousness, the point at which they could reason independently, they will only be as intelligent as their programmers allow them to be.
Are Artificial Intelligence and Organic Intelligence the Same Thing?
No, they are not the same. Let’s see why:
The term intelligence refers to a set of abilities that enable humans to learn from their environment and, more importantly, extract new knowledge from what they’ve learned. Because it is not yet possible to create an artificial brain, scientists working in fields like AI are forced to rely on machine learning techniques that are quite different from what we use when we learn something new. But even though our brains aren’t built for AI, there is one similarity: we both take in information and then do something with it.
However, once our brains are trained to recognize patterns based on past experience and current information, they can produce results without being told what specifically to do. In other words, our brains can generate solutions on their own because they know how to work through problems.
That’s why many people believe synthetic intelligence will never be able to match organic intelligence because computers lack intuition. And while computers may be better at solving specific problems than humans, machines don’t have any real insight into how or why they got those answers right—and that’s where true understanding lies.
At least for now, so far, no one has created a machine with human-level intelligence (at least not yet). And even if someone did create an AI system with a mind of its own, it would likely use data from past experiences and then make decisions based on what it had learned.
But without human input to explain things like emotions and concepts like good and bad, it would struggle to come up with an answer that makes sense. While artificial intelligence is already being used in some areas of life like driving cars and helping doctors diagnose diseases, scientists still haven’t been able to create an AI system capable of reasoning independently as we do as humans.
Does Organic Intelligence Still Outperform AI in Reliability?
The term artificial intelligence (AI) is an umbrella term for a variety of technologies that let computers think like humans. They learn from experience and build up knowledge. When smart machines can also do things that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, it’s called artificial general intelligence (AGI).
However, Organic Intelligence (OI) could perform all of our tasks better than any form of artificial intelligence. The human mind is not only capable of assimilating information more quickly than computers can, but it’s also able to filter out superfluous or irrelevant information to process data as efficiently as possible. Theoretically speaking, a sufficiently advanced organic system (also known as the human brain) could perform cognitive functions at least as well as anything devised by scientists and engineers.
Yes. Whether we ever achieve our final goal with artificial intelligence or not, there is still an alternative to AI as we know it today: thinking intelligently. Sure, today’s technology and hardware can solve difficult problems that would otherwise be difficult for humans to solve, but to advance our knowledge of science and technology further, we need more than just intelligent software.
We need intelligent people too. People who ask good questions about their surroundings and try to find answers for them; people who are not afraid of learning new things; people who never give up trying to learn even when others doubt them; people with a thirst for knowledge, a desire to understand, and a mind that is open enough that all manner of ideas will fall in line behind it like dominos.