04 Feb 2019 AT 09:51 AM

Robots could replace humans in 50 years, AI expert warns

2069 isn't as far away as it sounds...
04 Feb 2019 AT 09:51 AM
Robots could replace humans in 50 years, AI expert warns

We now live in an era where technology is advancing really fast. But what about if we said in 50 years time, human beings could be replaced by robots?

You'd probably think we were joking.

But that's the view of Luca De Ambroggi, the research and analysis lead for AI solutions at London-based global information provider IHS Markit.

He said: “In 50 years, it is reasonable to think that robots will be able to support and replace human being in several activities. Already electro-mechanical devices outperform humans in sensitiveness and reaction time.”

And considering the technological progress made within the last decade, 50 years is “sufficient” – according to Mr Ambroggi – to close the gap between robots and humans.

He said robots will be able to outperform humans in several specific functions like they do today through speech recognition and production machines.

“Humans have to prevent machines being in a position to replace us, and no one else," Mr Ambroggi warned.

“A few years ago Honhai implemented intelligence machine personnel in their production lines in the same way as computers or other equipment replaced humans 30-40 years back.

“The longer term question is, can the ‘replaced people’ be re-qualified and be allowed to still add value in our society?”

He said humans need to set defined boundaries, but we wouldn't worry just yet.

But maybe start planning a career in tech just in case...