…Stephen Hawking suggests that “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race” to Elon Musk saying that “If I had to guess what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably artificial intelligence.”
I must admit to you all that I am a Star Trek fan. My favorites are Star Trek, Next Generation and Star Trek, Voyager. When it comes to artificial intelligence interacting with humans I always picture Data and The Doctor. I know a lot of Sci Fi shows (and even these showed the dark side of AI on an episode or two) have the AI’s wiping out humanity, unhappy at how they had been treated.
My inbox is full lately on the subject of AI. My Smartbriefs articles are all about AI and what it can do for businesses. It has been seen as the way to get back good customer service. I have been thinking a lot about that lately and think to myself…what a shame that customer service has become so poor that we need to create an artificial type.
I had the point driven home to me when I was exceptionally tired last week and in a moment of weakness drove through and ordered a diet coke. (I try to just have my morning coffee and then water the rest of the day). The person handed me a dripping cup. I asked that it be wiped off please (who wants that on their clothes and in the cup holder?). They did and I left and when I went to take a drink the lid came off, getting me wet anyway. At that moment, I thought that an AI being couldn’t do any worse and perhaps could do a whole lot better!
The news was saying that in ten years banks will no longer have tellers as they will be replaced with AI. I find that very sad. Other businesses are also preparing to replace humans with kiosks and other forms of AI.
Next time you are out and about notice the type of customer service you are receiving. Then ask yourself if you are giving the best possible customer service to your customers. It is something to consider. I am sure no one wants to feel they can be replaced by AI.
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