As technology develops further and further, the whole idea of Robots becoming a species that could co-exist with humans is seemingly not far from the horizon.
Think what you will, but I personally think Artificial Intelligence is an interesting concept and something I know has some great qualities.
One particular quality of Artificial Intelligence, is that it can help individuals with autism to understand their own and other people’s emotions as well as understanding different social contexts.
For me personally, this would be great. I have a little bit of an overlap with Dyspraxia and autism where some others may overlap more with other conditions such as Dyslexia and ADHD.
One of my biggest areas of development that will always exist on that side of things is the social side. I see things as being on a spectrum. Because you can then start to kind of evaluate things in a deeper meaning rather than just jumping on one idea.
I often struggle at talking with more than one other person involved in a conversation. I also struggle with maintaining eye contact. I have also tried a few exercises on eye contact, without success. At this point it should be accepted that sometimes there is no “cure” or “way of reversing” this kind of thing. It exists, and I and all those individuals that struggle with it (and perhaps get ridiculed for it?) can’t help it. It’s something other people will have to adjust to.
So, with regards to the social spectrum, I have mentioned that I find it a challenge to have a conversation with more than one person at a time. I put all that focus on talking with one person otherwise things get awkward very quickly. This is where I feel Artificial Intelligence could potentially help me. I feel like with the expressions it can make and the fact it can talk, could help me to understand ways I could try to adapt to these surroundings, so that the anxiety starts to decrease.
There are many other ways I feel Artificial Intelligence could help me, if and when interacting with people may not provide the result I am looking for. For example, putting together a sentence or a response to something somebody has said to me so that I don’t have a hard time trying to phrase something that could take me all day. I’d much rather be allowed to exist with my natural “washing machine spin cycle brain” and all of its many components and allow myself to feel a sense of comfort rather than procrastinating all day about how to conform to a variety of social environments.
Clearly, becoming co-dependent on Artificial Intelligence to do everything for us is not something I’d be buying into. But here’s the thing- Google Home and Amazon Echo are basically just that. Artificial Intelligence. That some of us may have in our homes at this very moment in time. But it’s not something I rely on for answers 24/7 because hey… Where’s the authenticity in that? And I’m not one to blow my own trumpet but I know for a fact I know some things that Alexa and Google don’t. AI would also be a great help in giving people ideas of how to solve different problems too. Whether it’s something you could do yourself or find an expert who you could learn from.
It’s undeniable, there are many questions still to be asked of technology and Artificial Intelligence, but I feel that for individuals like myself who have some things they find more challenging, it can only be a good thing that can help us be more in tune with the world around us.
So I ask you this, is the idea of humans and Artificial Intelligence co-existing such a bad thing? Or is it something to embrace, to think of the good that it could do in helping certain groups in society feel like they’re able to fit in?