Human vs Machine: 5 times when machines have failed to outperform humans

They are stronger, more accurate, they do not tire, they do not make mistakes, they do not get sick, they do not charge a salary... and now they have artificial intelligence. Robots outer get over us in a lot of things... but not at all. For now...

We met them through comics, books, film and television series. Robby the Robot, HAL 9000, R2-D2, Data, the anarchic Bender... Robots have been with us all their lives. But they were part of fantasy and science fiction. Now they're real, and they output get over us in a lot of things.

We thought that they would be dedicated to completing heavy and repetitive tasks that we find tedious, but little by little we see how robots occupy all kinds of jobs that a few years ago were unthinkable to us.

The first time we realized that the machine could outperform humans, also intellectually, was in 1997, when the IBM Deep Blue computer beat world chess champion Gary Kasparov at a chess championship. That completely changed our perception of the evolution of machines.


More and more professions are occupied by robots, but it seems that it will still take a few decades, even centuries, for us to see a political robot.

Politics is a very difficult art to interpret by a machine. Concepts such as criticizing the government even if it has done well, taking the opposite of a rival even if you agree with it, making pacts against your own party colleagues to hold office, or doing the opposite of what you promised your constituents, are very difficult to understand by a machine.

At the moment, robots cannot perform tasks where empathy is required, that is, the ability to put ourselves in each other's shoes. Make decisions based on understanding a certain situation, applying piety, complicity, or why not, pity.

Caring for or educating sick metals, conflicting teens, and other complicated personalities requires psychological skills that for now are beyond the reach of a machine's cold logic.

Can machines imagine things? Technically, yes. Google's artificial intelligence, DeepMind, can imagine 3D worlds from a 2D photo. Others write abstract poems.

But it is a very basic and limited imagination, based on parameters, and that almost always doesn't make much sense. For artificial intelligence, at the moment it is very difficult to imagine complex fantasy worlds that have coherence and depth like the one we reach human beings.

Machines have many skills, but they are almost always specialized in one.

There are professions that not only require imagination that, as we have seen, is still very complicated for artificial intelligence. Other qualities that apply to uniesonuming are also required.

A good example is advertising. Creating a good TV or internet ad needs originality, charisma, artistic knowledge, rascality, intuition, adorning virtues, hiding flaws, and other skills that machines do not have today. Much less, the ability to combine them.


The machines are very good at completing pre-programmed tasks. And artificial intelligence has the ability to learn, and solve problems on its own.

But they still can't match our brain when it comes to improvising: finding a solution to a completely unforeseen problem.

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