Ai or machines can’t replace humans

Abang Johari (centre) together with Works Minister Baru Bian (third left) and PAQS Chairman Sr Francis Leung (third right) in a group photo with other PAQS members on stage after the opening ceremony of PAQS 2019 in Kuching.

KUCHING, Aug 26: The future may well be the age of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and autonomous machines, but those may not be able to replace human wisdom, or at least not until very far into the future.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said while the world is striving to develop the most advanced AI and autonomous machines to make work easier for mankind, human touch is still needed in many of the jobs available today.

He said many modern jobs that require AI or autonomous machines, still needed the human touch to make it work, especially in programming or maintaining of the machines, as well as jobs that require human empathy or wisdom.

And because of machines and AI could only carry out what they are programmed to do, they lack human empathy and wisdom, he added.

“Last month we held our 3rd International Digital Economy Conference Sarawak (IDECS) conference, where we invited experts of the future, including the famous American futurist Dr Michio Kaku.

“He talked about the resources of the future. For any country to be developed in the future and to be sustainable, the most important thing is intellectual capital. And that is the resource that will drive economic development in the future,” said Abang Johari when delivering his opening address during the 23rd Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress (PAQS) 2019 here this morning.

Agreeing with what Kaku had said especially on the part where machines would play an important role in the development of the future, he said machines however lacked the wisdom that human beings have.

“Machines being machines, they are programmed. Therefore when you talk about the future – how you construct buildings, analyse the costs and the economics of it – you are the people who have that wisdom, only to use the machines to help in heavier tasks,” said Abang Johari. — DayakDaily