Are AI Machines Close to Matching Humans?

In an age which relies heavily on technology, people often ask the question of whether artificial intelligence (AI) can one day match or surpass humans.I remember the first time I saw a self-checkout register. It was at Kroger I believe. Me and a friend were new to the big city and were in the process to look for work. When I saw that machine doing the job of checking customers out me and my friend exchanged looks and smiled, realizing that finding a job will probably be more difficult that we initially thought. It was the first time I felt a real job competition coming from a machine.

Six years later, I now realize that it is still way too early for AI machines to match the human mind, if such as a thing was really possible. I always stumble upon movies and articles warning from the potential dangers and threats which the human civilization can face by robots, but I’ve always known that this danger, if it’ll ever exist, will take a long while to arrive. Although I did not completely dismiss the possibility of jobs being impacted by the incorporation of such technologies.

According to the New York Times, at a recent event under the sponsorship of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, researchers stated that despite of the recent achievements in AI machines in developing capabilities similar to those in humans such as understanding and vision, Artificial Intelligence research does still have a long way to meet the learning capability and flexibility of humans. You can read more about this here: Artificial Intelligence Is Far From Matching Humans, Panel Says

A real life example to support this hypothesis is the self checkout machines you can find in some retail stores nowadays. Although those machines can be pretty handy, but they tend to make a lot of mistakes and require human supervision, which means that six years after my first encounter with those machines now only they still did not over-match human cashiers but they’ve also created new positions for supervisors and maintenance workers!

So, perhaps it’s probably still way too early to worry about the possibility of AI machines taking over the human presence on planet Earth. Yes those machines have proven to be great help which can be superior to humans but their judgment and capability of learning does still seem to have a long way before matching the human’s job performance, let alone the overall capability.

However, there are new areas which Artificial Intelligence has shown remarkable superiority when it comes matching and even surpassing human intelligence, especially in games such as Go, which you can find out more about in the following video:

Impressions time. Do you think that Artificial Intelligence has the ability to match the human mind in every way? And if so, do you believe that this may impose risks on the human civilization? We look forward to hear your opinion.