Back in 2019, an AI-driven platform named 'HRMAn' was developed as a way to analyse how pathogens infect our cells. "What used to be a manual, time-consuming task for biologists now takes us a matter of minutes on a computer, enabling us to learn more about infectious pathogens and how our bodies respond to them, more quickly and more precisely," said Eva Frickel, Group Leader of the scientists at the Francis Crick Institute, who led the project. "HRMAn can actually see host-pathogen interactions like a biologist, but unlike us, it doesn't get tired and need to sleep!"
For humans, outside of direct benefits we may receive from faster and more productive research and 24/7 accessibility of certain crucial services, we may also benefit from being freed from some job functions that do require 24/7 input. Humans need rest, food and sleep - but we also need a healthy work-life balance, regular breaks, and aspects of life beyond our work. Being able to rely, to a certain extent, on constant automated processes may offer us the potential for a better work environment and a better overall life.
5. AI can take on risks in place of humans.
One of the biggest advantages of AI is alleviating the need for humans to partake in dangerous activities. Sending robots into space, for instance, has given scientists a far more comprehensive view of the galaxy we inhabit without having to risk human life to do so. Other risky activities can also be handed to AI - bomb defusal, deep ocean exploration, coal and oil mining and disaster exploration (both natural and man-made).
With AI, machines are able to carry out tasks and collect huge amounts of data that can then be communicated safely to humans, overcoming many of the barriers that have previously existed for us - something which may ultimately result in saving many human lives.
So... Should we be scared?
The answer, as with all major societal progress, is never black and white. Experts continually warn us about the very real risks of AI - although usually, these are more around the legal and ethical challenges, similar to those that have arisen with the dawn of the internet but exacerbated by the growing power of technology, and our intimacy with it as a society.
In the same way, however, that a diet of only ice cream would be incredibly detrimental to any human body, AI is something that, if incorporated carefully into society, could create many world-changing developments for the better. Overreliance on anything poses great risk, and so we should be careful not to try to replace everything with AI. Machines still cannot match the human scope for creativity, ingenuity, critical thinking and intuition. It fundamentally cannot replace genuine human-to-human connection, nor can it offer us everything we need to enjoy a good life.