Why AI and Automation Shouldn’t Be Confused

For some time now, people have becoming more and more aware of the strength and the power of Artificial Intelligent (AI) and automation. As bedrocks of the future, they are set to play a leading role in the changing development of how we all work, think and act. That being said, AI and automation are not the same thing. They are going to be working in tandem most likely, yes, but it is not the same process.

  • Automation is, in effect, software that looks to follow a set of pre-ordained actions. For example, an automated conveyer belt line would know what specific rules to look out for and when – if needed – to act.
  • AI, however, is more of a simulation of the human mind. It will try to work at the same level as a human – perhaps better in many cases – and the aim is to create AI that can do the same tasks we are needed for without the requirement for rest and other human needed.

The Most Significant Difference Between AI and Automation

While an AI could be automated, it’s not quite as simple as just lumping them together. As the public continues to appreciate the fact that automation and AI are going to become major players in the future, it is vital that we get to grips with the fact that, while in the same umbrella of technology, they are not one and the same.

Automation is basically tools that we use every day – for example, if you send any kind of corporate e-mail then it’s likely that automation is used to help you send the e-mails to the right messages. Rather than having to click every e-mail you need, we can automate it so that we can send it to the right groups of people, saving swathes of time.

Basically, automation is all about making it easy for hardware to carry out a repetitive task without the chance of failure. Rather than having to add every recipient to that e-mail list, instead you have the time to make the e-mail flourish and sound as good as you wanted.

It runs on a clear set of rules – if X happens, then take Y action. If Y action is not suitable, carry out action Z instead. It’s very binary and essentially is running a script that follows some very specific criteria and will not act outside of that framework.

AI, though, looks to be like a person. It looks to use initiative, to solve issues and to look to act in a non-programmed manner. While an automated system is more or less always in thrall, an AI system is designed to – eventually – understand moral reasoning and the drivers behind its actions.

Automation is, then, the objective of making the world an easier place to live in. AI is going to help us take ourselves beyond human limits of fatigue and fitness, and ensure we have the ability to have tasks carried out that, with automation, would need a human touch to complete.

They couldn’t be much more different, but they will almost certainly both play a key role in the future development and improvement of humanity.