The Car Guy: Mechanical vs. digital

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Another wild Car Guy thought occurred to me the other day.

Another wild Car Guy thought occurred to me the other day.

What will win out concerning human vs.machine? Will we win the great digital versus artificial intelligence future? Or is the better question what will mankind’s place be in an artificial intelligence world?

We already have lost the AI competition. The time of electronic processing is rapidly growing. Not just doubling every few years or even months, AI is growing in geometric progression.

It reminds me of a close-up video of a nuclear explosion. Blindingly fast and possibly devastating to much of mankind.

To the question about what our role in in the future mechanical world, I think mankind will excel. Due to lack of dexterity, hand-eye coordination and problem-solving, robotics and AI have a very long way to go. In many situations, people always will be able to thrive competing with robotics. For example, how many robots will be in the field of repairing broken fellow robots?

Will manufacturing adapt to the repair of machines that make the machines? Somewhat, but I see a wide-open field for people with smarts getting into machine repair, along with software/hardware corrections on said machines.

When a tire or brake system malfunction on a vehicle, say an autonomous semi-truck in 20 years, what machine will be dispatched to do the repair? It’s still going to involve a person who can see the issue and confirm by touch how it is to be repaired. When a storm causes an errant tree trunk to fall on a power line, who will figure out how it’s fixed? An electrical lineman or an orangutan-like cyborg? Will the cyborg be able to decide to repair a pole or replace it on the spot? Will it be able to make minute decisions about the power coming on at the wrong time and electrocuting another cyborg or damaging AI further down the power grid?

Examples of human usefulness are nearly endless. We are in the beginnings of another revolution in industry and the service industry. We no longer can rely on manufacturing. Most factories will be largely automated in the future. But those will need many techs to repair or replace things that go bad.

The future looks bright for infrastructure renewal, leisure, transportation, practical engineering, etc. Let’s prepare for the future and start solving what AI can’t.

Craig Crabill is an ASE master certified auto and heavy truck technician. ‘He has owned a repair business for more than 30 years.

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