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Artificial intelligence will never replace humans, Jalisco experts say

Guadalajara, Mexico, Nove 4 (efe-epa).- The development of artificial intelligence (AI) and other technological innovations will never replace humanity in the future, but rather mankind will become the directors of the knowledge generated by machines, experts at the Epicenter Innovation Festival agreed.

Carlos Rivera, founder of the SYNX company focused on data science, told EFE Saturday that machines and technological innovations "are still not able" to perform all the processes alone.

"Humans are here to stay, and no, it's not possible for a machine to generalize and do everything alone. It might be more precise and correct than a human without ever understanding the context of what it's doing," he said at the festival that wraps up this Saturday in Guadalajara, capital of Jalisco state.

The entrepreneur, a specialist in compiling data for the AI process, accepted that these technologies can analyze huge volumes of information in very little time, prioritize data by value and weigh their importance without any human help.

However, machines "are incapable of reasoning" like people do from the time they are children, said Rivera, who took part in the Epicenter program "Industries of the Future."

He believed that fearing the power of future technologies is "understandable" because science fiction movies give a preconceived idea of the nature of artificial intelligence and how machines can rise up against humanity, but for now it's impossible to reach that level.

"Today, though we're at a stage where the basis of everything is that machines learn by themselves, they don't have the ability to reason like a human," he said.

For Laura Mendoza, founder of the Unima company that develops technologies for medical diagnoses, the future imposes the need for people to be increasingly responsible for the environment, aided by technology and almost without intermediaries.

The trend in health matters is "the decentralization of the control" that doctors have had up to now, since technological developments will allow these professionals to act more like managers and not the sole owners of information about the patient, she said

"People will be able to become more responsible and will have more tools for monitoring their own health and for improving their lifestyles," the manager of the Unima company said.

This week the Epicenter Innovation Festival brought together 7,000 business owners and executives who took part in talks, workshops, business consulting and mentoring with entrepreneurs, experts and representatives of institutions like the Inter-American Development Bank, Facebook and Intel.

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