Technology has always been part of sci-fi stories as the enemy of human life.
In Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four novel, technology is deployed to create a state of repression and totalitarianism.
The Matrix Trilogy seems to imply an even darker future in which humanity, as we know it, is only the product of software applications.
Even X-Files dabbled with evil technology when Fox Mulder and Dana Scully fought for their lives against a computer system turned bad.
But the question we all want to ask is: Should we really fear technology? Are machines and software tools likely to outsmart humanity and cause our irremediable destruction? When it comes to destruction, there is no evidence that technology is plotting against people. Outsmarting, yet, is another matter.
It can take over repetitive tasks for you
Technology is the first and most common answer to dull functions that seem to eat away our concentration and productivity. Repetitive tasks that can’t be maintained in the long term without affecting your performance and mood can easily be entrusted to an automated system. From reporting jobs to managing the communication process, there are plenty of automation opportunities in the business world. More importantly, most businesses already automated some of their procedures successfully, saving time and money in their day-to-day activities.
It’s cracked the formula to digital success
Technology can process large volumes of data in a short time and without distractions or mistakes. While human error is often a risk when you need to review and manage piles of data, artificial intelligence can relentlessly navigate through vast volumes and make sense of the information. As such, there is no doubt about trusting AI for data-based decisions. If you’re still trying to answer self-doubts about Google AI: should you allow Google to create display ads? or any other data-based applications, be assured in the knowledge that technology will gain the most significant overview of the tracked data. Using algorithms and data analysis, tech solutions can make sense of contradictory human behaviors – because they don’t mix emotions with data interpretation.
They can answer the most pressing queries
Technology can partially replace human interactions. While most people can tell the difference between a real person and a chatbot, for instance, most customers prefer the emotionless and convenient bot. Why are bots a favorite? The answer is simple. Bots can handle a large amount of data, which makes them the ideal partner to answer business queries in record time. Additionally, from a company’s perspective, bots reduce your costs and resource waste, while providing an answer at any time of the day or time.
Technology makes us more efficient. It can replace employees on repetitive and dull tasks, ensuring your team can focus their team on what they do best. Additionally, it can process data rapidly and error-free, providing actionable insights and answers. Is it smarter than us? Technically, no, your tech tools are not smarter than people because they’ve been designed by people in the first place. However, it allows us to become smarter, not only by offering reliable and insightful support but also by allowing you to focus on innovation and creativity. In other words, as long as humanity maintains its tech involvement as a positive force, it seems the bleak future described by sci-fi stories is not a real risk.