Artificial Intelligence

Human Enablement

The theory of enablement promotes the idea that intelligent machines will allow us to achieve more by supplementing our capabilities. Automating the work of survival (agriculture and manufacturing), and allowing us to leverage greater computational power for solving complex human problems like weather prediction, addressing world hunger, and mapping the genome, while also promoting human pursuits like interstellar space travel and the design and development of complex bioindustrial projects furthering the goals of exploration and population of the universe. But the theory of enablement starts small. We are already beginning to see increasingly smart automations helping us in our daily lives.

Why turn down something that makes life easier? The beginning of robotics involved the integration of computers and robots. Initially, robots were taught to perform repetitive tasks. As the field of AI advances and develops, robots will incorporate more than just mere programming. They may use human sensory perceptions in the areas of touch, sight and hearing. Useful robots with artificial intelligence will be able to take on a variety of roles and lessen up the burden now instilled on a company's employees. Imagine a robot that can roam an office building at night and can empty the recycling and trash containers throughout an office building freeing up the time of other maintenance staff to work on more detailed tasks. Secuirty robots can be programmed to listen for unusual sounds, look for inturders and be programmed to contact the authorities when abnormalities are discovered.

Working in conjunction with us mere humans, there are many positive outcomes that can result with the use of artificial intelligence. Increased production and lowered costs have been seen when using robots on factory assembly lines. American Express has deveoped an "Authroziation Assistant" that uses artificial intellgience to determine whether a purchase is out of character of the card member's general purchases. This system has proven to be more accurate than when done by humans and saves time. Recently released products include "robotic" vacuums and lawnmowers that the human owner can use to do mundane tasks and turn their energies to other activities. There are many other infinite possibilities that can be developed for using artificial intelligence to increase efficiency.

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