Updated: Apr 8, 2020
In an increasingly technology driven world, we must remember the value of each and every single human being. And do you know why? Because we think and feel and can work things out in a ‘human’ way, beyond the scope of any machine. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I am as glued to my computer as much as the next person and without technology and the internet it would be impossible to connect to the outside world as we now can. But just think about this Covid-19 situation right here and now - without the brains behind the science of working out this particular virus to come up with a test and hopefully in due course a vaccine, there would be no point in the brawn i.e. the machine because it’s the human mind power that has the knowledge. Machines are only as good as the human that programs it right? So let’s give a big hand to the scientists with the brains behind the brawn.
It’s a rather timely reminder don’t you think of just how special human being’s are - we are the real intelligent machines not the artificial intelligence of cognitive computer power. Sure we can work brilliantly together, but the value of each and every human mind is what really drives our world. Machines have added value to our lives in a multitude of ways but the thing is, they are simply not human. They bring the speed once we have worked it all out. So they may have far superior cognitive processing power but that is really as far as it goes. They have vast memories, learn quickly using strategies to optimise performance, for example to beat a human at chess, but at the end of the day, guess what, those strategies have been programmed by a human. Computer’s can’t really think, they can just process, and nor can they feel. They don’t have empathy and they can’t interpret the data that they collect. They are linear and analytical. And that’s it.
We are the creators, and they are just doers. It’s really as simple as that.