What is Artificial Intelligence and what is Intelligence Augmentation? In this tug of war between AI vs. IA, who wins and holds a special space for the future?
With technological innovations taking place at an unprecedented rate, the world saw the birth of two gems – Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Intelligence Augmentation (IA). Especially, in the last two decades, Science paved the way to revamped efficacy and effectiveness of automatized work. How has the automation helped the customers to adapt and facilitate better? Here, in this blog, we will walk you through the typical differences between AI vs IA and will reveal some of their real-time applications in our lives.
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Artificial Intelligence or AI, refers to the intelligence demonstrated by the machinery in contrast to the intelligence shown by a human. Simply put, it focuses on working and reacting just like a human does, but only aims to perform better. It has been specifically programmed to apprehend reasoning, problem-solving, planning, natural voice recognition, and knowledge too.
According to a recent report by PwC, investment in AI products will have a huge effect on GDP by 2030. Virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri and autonomous automobiles are set to boost GDP for local economies of up to 14%. The same report also forecasts that AI implementations across various sectors are projected to yield 15.7 trillion dollars over a span of ten years.
Intelligence Augmentation or IA’s concepts revolve around augmenting human intelligence rather than replacing it. Some of its other names include assistive intelligence, intelligence amplification, cognitive augmentation, or machine augmented intelligence. This technology works to augment human intelligence and their decision-making functions. In fact the tools developed by IA can be deployed for many other purposes such as the creation of knowledge bases, image processing tools, natural language tools and electronic discovery.
The two buzzwords, artificial intelligence and intelligence augmentation have often been interchangeably used. But the difference should be starkly stated. AI is used when you are referring to a broader concept of machines that can perform tasks that humans would tag as intelligent or smart. Intelligence augmentation is deployed when technology is used to support and complement human cognitive functions. IA places humans at the core of the system and decision-making, whereas AI places technology at the core. Moreover, IA systems can overcome the limitations imposed by system boundaries on AI systems.
Augmented intelligence is a substitute formulation of artificial intelligence that focuses on AI’s role in assisting and promoting human capabilities. Intelligence augmentation showcases the proceeding effect of AI in expanding human creativity. However, it can be said that IA can blend the results of AI algorithms and lead humans to enhance their performance. Both of them play a crucial role in organizations, such as, financial institutes where analysts can predict using data rather than just describing them. Here are some of their differences in our daily lives and work:11
Undoubtedly, both the artificial intelligence and intelligence augmentation have their own says in this game of two. While the former excels in some aspects, the latter in some other. On that note, it has become critical to understand the importance of human creativity in the development of each of these technologies. It needs to be seen that the unique creativity of the human does not fade away or take a backseat in any way.
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