Combination of human and computer intelligence could help solve world’s ‘wicked’ problems

Combination of human and computer intelligence could help solve world’s ‘wicked’ problems

If human and computer intelligence come together, they may be helpful in solving the world’s ‘wicked’ problems. Agreeing with it, the Human Computation Institute (HCI) and Cornell University scientists said that human active interaction with machines creates a new paradigm to give solutions to complex global problems, including climate change and international conflicts.

Published in the journal Science, the study has addressed the fact that humans and computers convey distinct advantages. For example, people can recognize patterns and create abstract ideas very well, whereas computers are quite efficient at analyzing data.

Mixture of these strengths can serve as an impulse to widen the multidimensional collaborative networks’ reach, which are so far restricted due to ‘micro-tasks’ that are given to numerous people so that they can bring together the bits of data.

The micro-tasking method is quite efficient, and this is apparent from the case of Wikipedia. But it takes quite long in producing significant results on a global scale. Thus researchers say that real-time human interaction with supercomputers can be helpful in finding solutions to far-reaching issues, as it permits the operation of more collaborative networks.

The type of large-scale conflicts for which a fresh approach is needed involves a number of systems, acting simultaneously and tends to come up with solutions that have unexpected consequences, like corruption due to financial aid given to deal with a natural disaster. Researchers have claimed that such tough challenges can’t be fought by micro tasking alone.