ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE VERSUS THE HUMAN BRAIN

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The emergence of artificial intelligence in all walks of life, including orthodontics, is raising perfectly legitimate questions about the role and very position of orthodontic specialists in treatment plans.

 

Extremely sophisticated algorithmic programming, aided by computer but based uniquely on statistical and combinatorial calculations using the data supplied, does make it possible to imitate human behaviour, but does not make it possible for machines to think and establish a relationship even less so!

 

Up against this artificial intelligence, we have human intelligence, located in the brain, a living system and organ, which is prodigious, strange, marvellous, mysterious and infinitely complex with its constantly evolving dynamic connections; a centre of activities, including: decision-making, the development of motivation, imagination, planning, reason, creativity, social interaction, etc. providing the means to feel, think, act.

DID YOU KNOW?

 

Machines are absolutely no good at “managing” uncertainty, exceptions and new elements. They prove incapable of inventing solutions when confronted by unexpected situations, and have zero listening skills.

 

The supposed “neutrality” of machines is, in reality, a deception.

 

In fact, outcomes produced by machines (regardless of the domain) – which could be considered as indisputable truths – are quite simply determined by the choices made by their developers (in terms of settings, filters, the types of data entered, etc.).

 

The frenzied development of algorithms can affect what constitutes the very identity and dignity of human beings: free will and responsibility.

 

That being the case, should we be entrusting machines with our health, our smile, our wellbeing, our relationships and our lives? We should not allow ourselves to be manipulated by machines !

 

 “Artificial intelligence is the greatest myth of our time”¹.

 

Even if machines, thanks to sophisticated, but finite, programming are capable of imitating human behaviour, they are not capable of “thinking”. They possess computational intelligence bestowed upon them by their inventors, whereas human beings possess other forms of intelligence: rational, emotional, artistic, relational, made for truth, etc. ranging beyond even the most sophisticated combinatorial calculations.

 

¹ How can humans keep the upper hand? CNIL (French Data Protection Authority) report published on 15 December 2017