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Oded Kariti Research on AI

Our work provides us with so much more than money, despite our collective obsession with the weekend. Our job fulfills many aspects of our social relations, completing goals and daily structure, and improving social status. From self-driving cars to state of the art gadgets, in the past few years, artificial intelligence (AI) has made a huge progress. Leaders at top technology companies rely on artificial intelligence for their future development. Considering the progress that we’ve so far witnessed, it seems that AI may turn into reality much sooner than expected. Oded Kariti is a San Diego-based scientist and researcher, who has been studying this machine and software addiction for a long time.

Mass job automation can be devastating for our well-being, and since AI can become more intelligent than any human, there’s no way of predicting how it will behave. Oded Kariti believes that in the next 30 years, more than 30% of the existing jobs will simply disappear. Looking back in history, at times where some jobs were destroyed, usually new and often better jobs were created, which has helped humankind avoid any major disasters. But this time there is one big problem, Artificial Intelligence is taking our spot. Of course, this is not the only problem that people will encounter, although it is by far the most serious and most likely to happen.

The other issue is associated with emotions. Given the fact that AI is meant to imitate people, learn from them and adapt their behaviors, Kariti believes it is possible for humans to make a connection, and somehow get attached to AI. We have seen similar situations in many movies, and we’ve also seen on-screen situations when people get connected with something far more primitive than AI. In the event of such scenario, it will be difficult to find a solution for the situation, because emotional attachments always require something special. People that are emotionally attached should be handled carefully. If they don’t pass to 'the right side' in time, they can become completely dysfunctional, depressed, and dangerous to themselves and possibly the environment.

On the other side, Mr. Kariti feels that AI can also be good for people by allowing them to focus on the things that make them feel fulfilled. That means that AI will leave the critical thinking, complex decision-making, emotional intelligence, and creative work to humans.

Oded Kariti

FORCE11 Member since February 20, 2017


Oded Kariti was born in San Diego, on July 15, 1975 where he grew up and completed his elementary school. He was the youngest child in the family and had quite a happy childhood that he remembers fondly. In his teenage years Kariti showed a strong affection towards creativity and upon finishing high school he decided to follow his ambition and enrolled at the San Diego State University of Physics.

Kariti graduated with a degree in engineering before working for his father's company. Because the job he had there wasn't quite inspirational to him, Kariti decided to quit working there. After that he headed to Stanford University in California to pursue a Ph.D in electrical engineering.

Today Mr. Kariti is an esteemed engineer, scholar and researcher who lectures at some of the greatest technology universities in America. He has published two books, over 50 articles of his are included in prestige journals and serves as an inspiration for many young people interested in science. At his office in San Diego University students come to have a meeting with Kariti and learn more about his future projects. In 2016 Kariti was awarded with the prestigious SDSU Diversity Award for his research in the Program for Realization of the Energy Development Strategy in the State of San Diego.