Why Humans are Still Better Than Computers?
Understanding how Human Intelligence Has an Edge Over Computers
There is a long ongoing debate on whether technologies reduce our thinking capacity or not. While some say that after the invention of the computer, human lives have become much easier, hence we do not engage our brains like our ancestors used to do. Rest think it is otherwise. With innovations taking place each day in the world of computers, humans have been training their minds to think more creatively to make the most out of the given opportunities and resources. Even when humans are paranoid about the possibility of Artificial Intelligence overtaking the human race and bring the robots uprising, there are ways where we have a superior edge. These include jobs that require emotion, empathy, and other humanistic values. While automation can help make decisions, it cannot function smoothly at tasks that require critical thinking, intuitive decision-making or innovation, and creativity. Neither they can do subjective thinking, conscious monitoring to prevent mishaps. Communication, Context, Connection, Competence, Content, Choice, Common Sense, Creativity, Critical thinking, and Connectivity, these are the areas where we can outsmart computer’s Artificial Intelligence technology.
The key is to understand that how one uses technology determines in large part whether it makes us better or worse off. E.g. when Instagram rolled out years ago, it was just a platform to share photos, now we have an endless list of influencers, artists, who make money on the same platform. Similarly, while the 280 character limit of Twitter may be restrictive, it does force us to think more creatively and coherently. However, technology can also help us boost our grey matter. In 2014, for a study, German researchers asked people to play video games for 30 minutes a day over two months. Then their brain volumes were compared with a control group. It was found that people who’d been playing the game had larger grey matter structures in areas of the brain associated with memory, spatial navigation, strategic planning, and fine motor skills. According to the study’s lead author, Simone Kuhn, this proves that specific brain regions can be trained even through a video game.
Some scientists believe, with the shift towards depending on Google for information instead of remembering it, we free-up our brain’s memory storage and use it instead of storing information about things more important to us. Apart from that, we can also use computers to become better versions of ourselves. Yes, computers like Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov in 1997, the then world chess champion and Google’s AlphaZero is learning to be good great at it, but now chess grandmaster is practicing their chess moves by playing against computers, learning from them, while computer too tries to learn from humans using machine learning. This is one of the most, best-case scenarios where humans and computers are in a symbiotic relation. Another way we can use technology to make ourselves smarter is by finding an online niche that piques ones’ interests to talk with others about topics one is passionate about. We can use computer tools that help us store memories and capture what we are seeing and thinking. Further, we can use the same technology to mine our credible and valuable sources of information that caters to our needs. Yes, computers of today are more powerful and capable. Yet, they cannot extract information as we do, nor share the same ability to perceive things nor the emotional nor cognitive spectrum.