What’s Your Take On Artificial Intelligence (AI)?
Terminator, Transcendence, Ex Machina – Hollywood and mainstream media have depicted what our imaginations would have us believe AI looks like in the next few years. In reality, we’re far off from the human-damning machines we’ve imagined and further still from Ray Kurzweil’s ‘Singularity‘ concept.
We’re already seeing revolution form behind the advancement of AI but any changes will be a gradual and subtle transition in the workplace and economy. The same way technology sparked the industrial and information revolutions so too will AI.
AI might not be replacing you in the work place just yet but if/when they do the entire economy and workplace will need to shift to find a place for its human component – and that’s okay so long as we acknowledge the risks these changes bring.
A standout development over the last year was a University of Reading AI supercomputer (sort of) passing the Turing test. The test was designed by Alan Turing (the granddaddy of all modern day computing) to determine whether a computer could display intelligence indistinguishable from a human. In this instance, when tested, the AI supercomputer had convinced 10 of 30 researchers that it was actually Eugene Goostman, a 13-year old Ukrainian boy.
We also saw many of the big players take a stance in the AI space both for and against.
For instance, Facebook decided to dip their toes in the AI pool with the development of Facebook AI Research, which with access to substantial amounts to big data (that you’re providing) are designing AI systems that can help machines see/recognize simple objects and answer questions in basic language.
On the other side of the debate, some of today’s greatest minds including Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak and over 1,000 AI researchers co-signed an open letter to ban development and use of autonomous weapons. Scary stuff. Even then some of these leaders haven’t strayed away from AI development. Gates in particular is still looking forward with Microsoft as they are currently working on an AI assistant project named ‘Personal Agent“.
The Singularity is an era in which our intelligence will become increasingly nonbiological and trillions of times more powerful than it is today—the dawning of a new civilization that will enable us to transcend our biological limitations and amplify our creativity. – Ray Kurzweil
I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful,”… “I’m increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish. – Elon Musk