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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Artificial intelligence (like other technological paraphernalia), is a double edged sword which if not wielded skillfully runs the risk of bringing an undesirable mechanization in all spheres of life which may be dangerously hidden behind the all pervasive advantages accruing from it in the form of speed,economy,accuracy,objectivity and many more.
No doubt IT has already occupied a significant portion of our social matrix to the detriment of collective spirit,warmth and liveliness in relationship. One of the commonest of sights today is to see People sitting together at railway station, airport and even in party but talking to technology or wrestling with what we call artificial intelligence. They don’t need anybody to smile and cry. What I mean to say is that beneath the otherwise effervescent surface human to human relationship based on reciprocity, emotive exchanges, mutual correction is being replaced by a largely unilateral,selective and passive interaction based on your choice and selection of mode. What we call customized services and solution which IT has promoted so nicely is gradually eating into our integrative custom and tradition. Thus, you can book your space of choice in the assembly hall of Siridiwale Saibaba over internet so that the spontaneous collectivity of people who came to pay obeisance to baba with all devotion would be sitting outside during aarti.
See, given the contemporary state of affairs, it is neither possible nor desirable to think of our day to day life without artificial intelligence but we can always afford to begin with a consensus driven campaign to minimise and gradually eliminate the use of IT in the areas where we would be better placed without it.
It is to be noted that IT has come to stay with us and its architectural design is such that it can hardly be controlled selectively and unilaterally which means the most we can think of is to devise means and mechanism to minimise the possibility of its misuse and on the other hand focussing on its creative utilisation to bridge as far as possible the gap between haves and ‘have nots’ or in general a more secured and satisfying life to all.
Further, we should note that the more ‘artificial’ component of ‘artificial intelligence’ will gradually die of its own weight in keeping with basic rules of nature. Any kind of growth and expansion beyond the point of optimality triggers counter action in one or other ways in search of stability. This is going to happen to IT as well. Sooner or latter, most of us would rationalise its use in search of real life. We are going to appreciate it at places for quality and timely services,transparency, fast and accurate decision making and execution and others but we would learn to shed it on many occassions and places.
Therefore, the moot question is not about stopping it but to steer it to the net advantage.
A prudently managed interplay of education, awareness, incentivisation and regulation put together can rationalise, sensitize and humanize the use of artificial intelligence to the benefit of humanity.

Mr Ranganathan used his smart phone to connect to traffic police and hospital authorities in almost no time to ensure that Ravi kumar could reach hospital through the serpentine traffic in five minutes with ICU ready to hit the case in seconds and the life was saved.

On the other hand, people were found jostling for space to shoot video of a person who came for self immolation. He died.
Where is the problem?
Have we discovered a punching bag in the form of Artificial intelligence to shift the blame emanating from deficient IQ as well as EQ.

Sajjan Pratap Singh
Director, IIIASA