With the spike in AI interest this year, more people are wondering if AI can one day operate without the need for constant human intervention? Artificial intelligence is now one of the most important technologies in the world with AI research increasing by twofold since 2010. The number of newly funded AI startups have also increased almost three times in the past ten years. 

More than half of the world population is expecting life to change significantly due to advancements in AI in the next few years in areas like education, shopping, and transportation. ChatGPT, now one of the fastest-growing applications, has contributed a lot to this sentiment. Nonetheless, AI still has its imperfections that can lead to costly mistakes, such as Amazon’s AI recruiting technology being biased when reviewing candidates’ resumes. 

Yet these are problems that can be solved with ease using human intelligence, which today’s AI does not have. AI is unable to do things like having its own judgment on what actions to take and explaining why it came to a certain conclusion, which involve human soft skills like empathy and creativity in order to execute. Although some AI applications can pass the Turing Test, which determines whether an AI can pass as a human intellectually, none has been able to pass the Lovelace Test that sees whether an AI can develop something unexpected. 

But with the right human guidance, AI could potentially become even more advanced. This most likely means adding the human element to AI to boost its functionality. Being able to do this can further help AI develop the ability to multitask, be more empathetic when making decisions, and be more creative. 

Since AI is inherently without motive and requires the human element to function properly, it’s up to us to provide it with the right directions. 

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