More often than not, human versus machine has been portrayed as a matter of life and death. This is well described in a long historical narrative of John Henry, referred to as the steel-driving man in the 19th century African American folk legend. His race against a steam-powered hammer bashing a tunnel through mountain rock is a competitively rhetorical but it explains how people are being replaced by machine as if they had vanished from the Earth.
But can the human body and mind compete with a computer or a robot?
Yes. There are few instances that this is likely to happen according to Garry Kasparov who became the proverbial man in the man versus machine competition. Kasparov played two matches against the IBM supercomputer, Deep Blue. Apparently, even after losing the rematch the following year in New York, he still became the world champion when chess computers finally came of age.
Nonetheless, while Deep Blue may have been victorious, it may not have been necessary as a result of intelligence. Deep Blue’s method of competition provided little of the dreamed-of insight into the mysteries of human intelligence.
We must face our fears if we want to get the most out of our technology
Kasparov says that it is only by concurring our own fears that we shall be able to the most out of technology. Instead of being the future human plus machine is to the present day. We must use out human experience to make sense out of situations and this is the only way the machine learns from our corrections.
The machine crunches data, calculates probabilities, gets 80-90% of the way, which makes it easier for analysis and decision-making of the human party. Technology y excels at removing difficulties and uncertainties from our lives. Machines have the calculations but we have the understanding, they have instructions whereas we have the purpose.
However, the definition of humanity is not by any skill, Instead, a human can only dream. Let not limit our ambitions.