There is an ongoing fear amongst working professionals that tools powered by artificial intelligence might steal their jobs. After all, people are able to write books, make illustrations, set up automatic customer-service platforms and what not with the help of AI. In fact, there have been many cases of people like software engineers, artists and customer service executives who lost their jobs because their companies decided to automate the job.
However, Infosys founder Narayana Murthy thinks that artificial intelligence is not a job threat. In an interview with Moneycontrol, he explained that artificial intelligence is a tool to aid and not replace because its abilities fall short while addressing more complex problems.
“The moment you started thinking of bigger and more complex problems, these tools could not handle it. So what my personal feeling is, I may be wrong is that as long as we use AI as a tool to aid human beings to do bigger things, to do more complex things, I think we will start solving more complex problems,” he said.
He went on to add that AI can be used in precision surgery and controlling nuclear reactors. But it should not fall into the hands of the wrong kind of people.
“Using AI in controlling nuclear reactors is a wonderful thing or controlling power plant is an excellent thing, right? So there are areas where human beings can use AI to reduce the resolution time for reaction and make those systems perform better. And surgery, for example, precision surgery. AI is very, very useful in precision surgery, robotics is very useful.”
Giving an example of the US and its problem tackling gun violence, Narayana Murthy added, “As long as, as I pointed out earlier, we ensure that these technologies don’t fall into the hands of the evil people. That’s it. But that same thing gun, the moment an evil person has the gun, we have seen what has happened, right in the US.”
Do you agree with what he has to say here?