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Driverless cars are just the beginning of artificial intelligence infiltrating our world. Progress in artificial intelligence can increase efficiency as well as improve our everyday lives. Autonomous vehicles do just that—no more worrying about traffic, fatigue, and other inconveniences that come along with driving. However, our society’s growing reliance on artificial intelligence, and technology in general, may cause a problem not worth the benefits: our once creative minds will turn complacent.

Self-driving cars recently made the news when Uber partnered with Daimler in the last few days of January. Daimler, a German car manufacturer, plans to supply autonomous cars for Uber’s use. With the popularity of Uber’s at-your-fingertips service and a source of self-driving cars, the collaboration between the two companies could make roads filled with self-driving cars a reality.

Ray Kurzweil, a prominent futurist, studies trends in technology to make predictions and apply them to the future. He has been predicting developments in technology and artificial intelligence since the mid-1980’s and chronicled 147 predictions in various books, spanning from 1990 to 2005, where he was only wrong about three of these predictions.

Kurzweil’s most imminent prediction is due to occur around 2020: computers that will be able to match the human brain. Right now, computers still rely on human input in order to function. However, in approximately three years time, computers may not need our assistance. Instead, we could be relying on the computer for assistance in critical thinking. Today, we depend on technology mainly for actions that could be done manually but are far easier with the help of machinery. However, soon enough, computers will be capable of things our minds can’t even imagine.

Albeit these are just predictions, there is a resolute basis behind Kurzweil’s accuracy. He uses an algorithm called “The Law Of Accelerated Returns,” which determines the exponential nature that technological advancements will follow.

Although it has only recently come to the forefront of technological advances, artificial intelligence has been outperforming human brains for longer than expected. As far back as 2011, IBM’s Watson, a question-answering supercomputer able to analyze complex information, beat two Jeopardy stars at the game. Although Jeopardy is mainly fact-based, the questions are framed in a way that requires creativity—something previously exclusive to the human brain. Until this point, humans were distinguishable because of their ingenuity. With the creation of machines that can replicate this, humans themselves may become obsolete.

No one knows what machines will look like in the future. Right now, they can answer questions for us, anticipate our interests, and soon, with Uber and Daimler’s partnership, could be driving us around. In noticing current developments and listening to trained professionals, the differences between these technological devices and human brains will become increasingly slim. Therefore, we must be wary of the possibility that artificial intelligence may eventually outperform and even replace us some day.