A lot of breathless folks have been predicting the rise of the intelligent machine and the takeover of various sectors of the economy by machines that are smarter than the average high schooler. This article in the NYT says:
A robot with emotion-detection software interviews visitors to the United States at the border. In field tests, this eerily named “embodied avatar kiosk” does much better than humans in catching those with invalid documentation. Emotional-processing software has gotten so good that ad companies are looking into “mood-targeted” advertising, and the government of Dubai wants to use it to scan all its closed-circuit TV feeds.
Yes, the machines are getting smarter, and they’re coming for more and more jobs.
Not just low-wage jobs, either.
Today, machines can process regular spoken language and not only recognize human faces, but also read their expressions. They can classify personality types, and have started being able to carry out conversations with appropriate emotional tenor.
But I am especially reminded about the recent mysteries associated with pilots and missing or crashed planes as well as the new smart cars that will drive themselves and rid transportation of human error. I've only got one thing to say to that. Humans still build the machines, and they still program them, and they still test them. Humans sell them and humans buy them. Humans will hire them and humans will fire them. Blessed be the humans. That sounds like more than one thing, but it's the same thing. Humans really only care about things that relate to humans. It has always been this way and it always will be thus. We evolve too slowly to worry about anything else - except maybe asteroids and volcanoes.