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Are humans becoming machines or are machines becoming human? Updated: 2020-02-15 11:08:54 KST

From automation taking jobs to chatbots that replace real conversations, and algorithms that track and even determine our activities, it's hard to tell whether machines are becoming human, or if we're losing our humanity.
This existential question is posed by acclaimed French artist Cyril de Commarque through an exhibition in London.

"Most people are abandoning this with no control. And so this seems to not mind so much, but if you abandon your personal sphere, you also abandoned your capacity to refuse. And I think it's very dangerous and perversive for our societies."

Titled 'Artificialis', the installation provokes soul searching on what could soon be a dystopian future, where humans have lost control over privacy and free will to Artificial Intelligence.
Such larger philosophical questions are at the center of debate in London.
How the growing use of AI and machines in jobs and daily lives will affect people -- not just economically -- but socially and ethically.
Large corporations for instance could manipulate algorithms and connected devices to trap consumers into what's been coined as "surveilliance capitalism".

But we don't have to be doomed to dystopia.
Finding human-centered applications for AI and robotics is leading to breakthroughs in medicine, elderly care and education as well as in the workplace.

"I'm also interested in how technology can be integrated into our teamwork and then how it disrupts or reshape our social interaction. So one of my studies actually showed that if you are emotionally attached to your robot, your performance was actually increased.."

But ethical standards still need to be established.

"One, I think citizens need to be provided with information that ensures that there's a transparency with how things work, which we don't have at the moment. No one knows how the Facebook algorithm works Secondly, we needed to look at ethics behind artificial intelligence. So, you know, most of this code is written by, you know, young white guys in Northern California is this, you know, the right way to proceed. How can we ensure that there's, you know, diversity and inclusion in these kinds of algorithms cus it's baked in in the very beginning so we need to make sure miniorities of people of colour, women are part of these conversations"

AI isn't just going to change our industrial landscape and make our lives more convenient.
The growing presence of smart technology in our lives and how we interact with it could change the core of who we are.
And we still don't know whether these technologies will ultimately empower us or enchain us.
Oh Soo-young, Arirang News, London.
Reporter : osy@arirang.com
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