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Pranav Mistry

We’ll live in a world where machines become humane: Pranav Mistry

'Humanoid robots will pose concerns over security and privacy'

As 2020 nears, Mint invites corporate leaders to share five ideas that will impact the coming decade. Pranav Mistry, president and CEO of STAR Labs, Samsung, tells Prasid Banerjee that innovators, big tech companies and policymakers will need to constantly engage in order to make the world better for the intersection of intelligent machines and humans.

AI AND THE JOBS OF THE FUTURE

Artificial intelligence (AI) has many years of development to go before science fiction becomes reality. AI excels at routine and goal-oriented tasks and, thus, many human jobs of today will not necessarily exist tomorrow. In this transition, AI will create new jobs that will require different skill sets, and, as a key part of the digital revolution, it has the potential to lift the Indian economy. Bigger strides are on the horizon.

DIGITAL HUMANS IN DAILY LIFE

Movies are full of examples where AI is brought into our world. In Blade Runner 2049, Officer K develops a relationship with his AI hologram companion, Joi. While films may disrupt our sense of reality, “virtual humans" or “digital humans" will be reality. A digital human could extend its role to become a part of our everyday lives: a virtual news anchor, virtual receptionist, or even an AI-generated film star.

BICENTENNIAL MAN MAY COME TO LIFE

We were given a glimpse of the potential of bionics in the movie Bicentennial Man. Bionic arms and legs are already restoring independence to amputees. Scientists are capable of connecting people’s minds to machines. Animal studies have shown a potential for implanting bionic neurons to receive and send neural signals, with future applications to help restore failing brain circuits or overcome paralysis.

NEXT BIG THING: IMMERSIVE REALITY

Immersive games such as location-based augmented reality mobile game Pokémon Go are giving users a taste of the virtual and the real world. This mixed reality (MR), when combined with AI, has the potential to become the next big computing platform that will be used by individuals and businesses. Engineers, for instance, use mixed reality to demonstrate how engine parts work.

WHEN MACHINES MEET HUMANS

Humanoid robots will pose concerns over security and privacy. Innovators, tech companies and policymakers will need to engage to make this world a better place for the immersion of intelligent machines and humans. We must move towards a world where humans are humans and machines are humane.

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