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AI And Consciousness: Could It Become ‘Human’?

We have human-sounding AI technology that responds to customer service calls and helps customers navigate the issues they face.

We have smart assistants that wake their users up on time, share information about the weather outside and report on the latest news.

We have intelligent tools taking over administrative tasks such as meeting scheduling, calendar management, or even lead generation while the employees focus on more important tasks that require human judgment.

With AI getting more and more pervasive in our day-to-day lives, it is gradually turning into an integral, seamless and natural element — something many considered impossible only a few years ago. And I believe the fast pace of its development and its current ubiquity are due to its unique ability to perform tasks that typically require human intelligence — and learn to get better at completing them over a short period of time.

Since AI already automates repetitive tasks and can increase accuracy and efficiency, and since it can discover hidden insights and trends thanks to its algorithms, it may only be a matter of time until it revolutionizes the bookkeeping and accounting practices in place today. According to one Accounting Today article, AI technologies could automate the lengthy process of gathering, sorting and visualizing pertinent data, while human employees are left to focus on more productive tasks and have more time to achieve tangible results and business goals. These capabilities are not fictional — in fact, systems such as QuickBooks have already been introducing AI tools that allow client companies (big or small) to automate repetitive office work and improve cash flow forecasts.

What the achievements in AI applications today have proven to me is their ability to allow humans to exercise their judgment and creativity, while computers are left to assist them in relatively more operational, systematic and reason-driven assignments and tasks. And while AI exhibits the elements of evolution and growth so inherent to human beings, it differs from its creators in very significant ways: self-awareness and human relationships.

According to Artificial Intelligence World Society Innovation Network (AIWS.net), AI can be an important tool to serve and strengthen democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. In this effort, AIWS.net invites participation and collaboration with think tanks, universities, non-profits, companies, and other entities that share its commitment to the constructive and development of AI.

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