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Embracing AI - Augmented Intelligence

There is no denying that artificial intelligence (AI) has made significant strides over recent years, becoming more advanced and capable than ever before. With this progress, many have begun to wonder whether AI poses a threat to humanity, particularly our jobs, privacy, security, and overall well-being.  Some may argue that the rapid advancement of AI could lead to a dystopian world where machines rule supreme and humans become obsolete. However, it is important to remember that at its core, AI exists to serve us, not replace us. Instead of viewing AI as competition for human intelligence, we should consider it as an augmentation of our abilities.  This idea of 'Augmented Intelligence,' instead of Artificial Intelligence, highlights how powerful technology can enhance rather than impede human potential. Augmented Intelligence recognizes that humans and machines each possess their unique strengths, making them better together than apart. Humans excel in creativity, intuition, a
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