Living in the future

Back in the 1980s, films such as The Terminator, with a humanoid robot capable of thinking and acting independently, were pure works of fiction, but month by month, year by year technology is creeping closer to making that a reality.

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Living in the future
By  Georgina Enzer Published  October 7, 2013

Back in the 1980s, films such as The Terminator, with a humanoid robot capable of thinking and acting independently, were pure works of fiction, but month by month, year by year technology is creeping closer to making that a reality.

We are already allowing machines to do our work for us; take our Salik toll gates here in the UAE along Sheikh Zayed Road. All we have to do is remember to top up our Salik accounts, the tag on each car and the Salik toll bridges do the rest of the work for us; the driverless Dubai Metro network is an example machine to machine (M2M) interaction that renders the human element practically irrelevant. All you have to do is get on board and the train is automatically programmed to take you to your destination on time.

The business of machine to machine communication is fast gaining traction across the IT world and is becoming a hot trend to watch.  M2M not only has government service uses, such as those outlined above, but can also be effectively used in our every day lives; for example, cars are being developed that connect into a city-wide network so that they are able to tell the driver of accidents and car movements ahead. Drivers will also shortly be able to do things such as SMS or email their car and tell it to turn on the airconditioning when they get in the lift so that it is nice and cool by the time they get in.

Machine to machine communication will undoubtedly make our lives easier, but at what point do human jobs become obsolete as artificial intelligence becomes more sophisticated?

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