Man & Machine


The development of the internet and the invention of personal computers have decisively shaped life as we know it today. Our brains are outsourced to smartphones, while we turn over even the simplest tasks to Alexa and others. The use of computer programs and robots has made many jobs enormously easier. Technology has been able to increase productivity in many areas. But, how much of our work are we willing to hand over before we start complaining that machines are taking away our work?

There is no question that machines can automate many work steps today. With technological progress comes increasingly complex tasks being handled mechanically. In the end, however, a robot can often only implement what it was told beforehand and can only work with the data it received. With consistent repetition, sooner or later machines can adopt movements. But intelligent machines can also learn with every job and thus independently optimize tasks. What happens, then, when human understanding emerges along with the human-like mechanical capabilities?


The intelligent machine

Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) a threat to humanity? And will there ever be a machine that develops complex thinking and perceiving similar to the human mind? When Alexa and others anticipate our every wish and our smart watches have more information about our daily routines than we ourselves, it might be worth thinking about just how intelligent our electronic helpers really are today. The immense development effort behind such solutions, and the giant volumes of data that allow Alexa and others to respond in a human-like way is not even comprehensible for normal users.

It is a fact that, with their striving for progress, humans will always be developing more intelligent machines. These developments will certainly have effects on our daily lives in the same way that the discovery of fire, emergence of the internet, or the invention of the mobile phone did. Already today, it is hard for us to live without our smartphones. When was the last time you attempted to find an unknown destination without the help of your smartphone navigation?

It is also a fact that intelligent machines are, and will continue to be, an enrichment to our lives in many ways. Autonomous driving, precise medical diagnoses, simplifications at work and at home, and new possibilities for communicating with our fellow humans are just a few examples of how artificial intelligence can be of service.


Ultimately, it is up to us to decide how much we want to move over and make way for machines in our world.