Artificial Intelligence vs. Human Intelligence: The Superiority Saga

Rapidops, Inc.
5 min readDec 14, 2022

“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race….It would take off on its own and re-design itself at an ever-increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”

— Stephen Hawking

Artificial intelligence is often lauded for its abilities that exceed human capabilities. It can:

  • Process large amounts of data quickly and accurately
  • Identify patterns and correlations that humans might miss
  • Make predictions based on those patterns

However, there are many areas in which human intelligence surpasses artificial intelligence.

Humans have what is known as common sense, which is the ability to understand the world around them and make decisions based on that understanding.

Artificial intelligence, while it can identify patterns, does not have this ability.

This means humans can make better decisions in novel or complex situations without a clear right or wrong answer.

Another area in which humans excel is creativity.

Machines can generate new ideas, but the parameters often restrict them.

On the other hand, humans can come up with entirely out-of-the-box and original ideas.

Interpersonal skills are another area in which humans have an advantage over artificial intelligence.

AI cannot yet replicate the nuanced communication that humans are capable of.

This means that humans are still better able to build relationships and understand the emotions of others.

The definitions: Artificial intelligence and human intelligence

Let’s understand the meanings of artificial intelligence and human intelligence.

1. What is artificial intelligence?

AI is a sub-field of data science concerned with developing intelligent machines that can handle a range of activities that need human intellect and reasoning.

Artificial intelligence refers to technology that enables machines to think and operate like humans.

It aids robots in imitating human behaviour based on their actions, and it’s used in various fields, including healthcare, cartoons and animation, media, and more.

2. What is human intelligence?

Human intelligence often referred to as “intuition,” is a species’ mental capacity that allows people to:

  • Think
  • Interact with other human beings effectively
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Recognize patterns
  • Think logically and analytically
  • Learn from their past experiences
  • Comprehend complex ideas
  • Use knowledge to manipulate one’s environment

The differentiation: Artificial intelligence vs. human intelligence

Artificial intelligence can augment human intelligence but cannot replace it, at least for the time being.

Human intelligence is interested in a broad range of knowledge and expertise.

It doesn’t usually rely on previously acquired data as AI does.

Also, the complexity and depth of our minds are far more unpredictable and intricate than machines can ever hope to match.

Some interesting facts about artificial intelligence

  • Experts forecast that employing artificial intelligence (AI) at a larger scale would increase the global economy by $15.7 trillion by 2030, in an age where data revolutionizes how businesses create value and compete.
  • Many people believe that when it comes to who does this work in the future, technology will alter everything — and that businesses will begin to replace human personnel with artificial intelligence.
  • This is already taking place: intelligent systems are replacing humans in production, service delivery, recruitment, and financial services, resulting in the displacement of human workers into lower-paying or unemployed occupations.
  • Some experts believe that in 2040, our workforce will be totally unrecognizable due to automation.

Concluding thoughts: AI should augment human intelligence, not replace it

Will intelligent machines take the place of human labourers? No, most likely not. People and AI have different talents and strengths to offer.

The real challenge is: how can human intellect collaborate with artificial intelligence to create enhanced intelligence?

Grandmaster Garry Kasparov explains it best in this video.

After being beaten by IBM’s Deep Blue, Kasparov began researching how computer assistance impacted players’ competitive edge.

What he discovered, explains the book’s author, was that having the most significant players and the program was not as important as having a solid process.

Put another way, “A weak human + machine + stronger process outperformed a strong computer alone, and even more significantly than a strong human + machine + worse process.”

Because leaders are considering how to integrate AI into their businesses, they’ll have to

  • manage people’s expectations as AI is implemented,
  • invest in bringing teams together and refining processes, and
  • improve their leadership skills.

AI is continuously developing at the moment. The time it takes to teach AI systems is lengthy, which is impossible without human assistance.

Because scientists and researchers are still uncertain about what makes human thinking so unique, it is unlikely that artificial intelligence solutions that think like humans will be produced soon.

Human abilities will continue to dominate AI’s development in the immediate future. It will be bolstered by cognitive awareness and human intellect.

But still, we can’t deny the fact that artificial intelligence is the next big thing for businesses.

It is being used both knowingly and unknowingly in every human being’s daily life.

The next step is to create a business framework that helps decision-makers to decode the architecture and complete the application of this technology in their business process.

If you are looking for assistance in developing your next artificial intelligence solution, get in touch with our experts. We would love to be part of your next success story!

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