Why the Drive Toward Biotechnology and AI Remains a Humancentric Mission

Mar 23, 2021 by

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For those who are not working at the very forefront of the tech industry – and for whom AI, bionics, robotics and machine learning remain relatively abstract concepts that continued to suffer a disconnect from the realities of day to day life – it is all too easy to envisage a definitive line in the sand between ‘the human’ and ‘the robot’.

In years gone by, when Sci-Fi dominated our perception of human-like technologies, this was far more akin to the reality of the situation. Now, however, with monumental progress under our belt in the realms of bionics limbs, biotech, AI and a broad spectrum of other areas in which technology can meld with biology, the story is far less simple.

Still, from the outside, the rapidity with which technological developments have grown central to our lives – and the myriad promises for a technologically-driven future – those old, Sci-Fi movie notions of a digitalised world in which machinery rises to the fore are all too easily invoked once again. That old, lingering sense that we should fear AI remains, for many in the back of our minds.

The Primary Driving Force is Human Innovation

Humans have, across millennia, demonstrated a remarkable propensity to bend the resources that surround them to fit with their will. The very earliest technologies – primitive tools that cut, chopped, and carved – were designed to support the evolving needs of their users, in just the same way that the most innovative technologies today, across the disparate worlds of science and medicine, are utilised to address our evolving requirements.

And, while the tools may have changed – and appear far more complex than a primitive carving knife – the driving force remains the same: humans serving humans via cutting edge development.

It is for this reason that the work of philanthropists like Tej Kholi, who has invested considerably into pioneering technologies that support human health, is widely considered to be, first and foremost, an investment into human innovation – and, of course, the human impact that comes about as a result – rather than into technological development for the sake of technological development.

It Will Always Be About the Human Impact

Technology remains, at its core, a tool for problem solving. When one views the situation from the creation of those very first tools, it quickly becomes apparent that the human impact is, in a word, unquantifiable – and will continue to be so for millennia to come.

In the Neolithic period, there would have been little use for technology that did nothing to bring us into the Bronze Age – and the story remains exactly the same in 2020, and beyond.

A technology’s impact to make a genuine, human impact will determine its inherent value – and whether or not it receives attentions from those who stand at the forefront of technological innovation.

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