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Robot Takeover

In the technology circuit, there have been debates and concerning discussions on the implications of robots, or artificial intelligence, gaining abilities and power. Concerns of ethics, privacy, and job availability have stemmed from the increasing abilities of these technologies. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty is convinced that Watson and other cognitive computing platforms will not lead to a robot takeover (Zillman, 2017). Watson has been fed textbooks and medical journals, and then subsequently trained on cancer causes. It can now spot cancers, in some instances, better than human experts.

Rometty believes that Artificial intelligence has the ability to solve some of the “world’s most unsolvable problems” (Zillman, 2017). Robots support the human ability, they don’t replace it. There are jobs that can currently be replaced with automation, but they’re not. Even if the potential exists to replace human jobs with robots, it probably will not occur. Humans play a vital role in building AI’s abilities to complete even more complex tasks. Rometty has outlined the company’s principles for the cognitive era: purpose, transparency and skills (Zillman, 2017). Companies that possess powerful technologies need to introduce them into society in a responsible way.