How AI Systems Will Impact in the Future
If you’ve seen movies like The Matrix or the Terminator series, you probably have a basic concept of what Artificial Intelligence can do and, more importantly how much of a danger it can pose to humanity. While there is no doubt that new technology, no matter how primitive or advanced, can be very dangerous for humanity, you can’t deny the huge leaps forward we’ve gone in the field of technology, and the fact that it is mostly due to Artificial Intelligence that we made it this far in such little time at all.
Defining Artificial Intelligence
For one thing, most commonplace gadgets today use ‘A.I.’ as an imperative part of the functionality of the device. We will discuss that in further detail ahead, but up till here let’s redefine Artificial Intelligence. Wikipedia states A.I. can be defined as:
“…the intellect displayed by computers in comparison to that improvised by creatures such as animals and man.”
For this to be true, however, the following question must be raised: What is intelligence?
Is it, as Wikipedia claims:
‘The extent for judgement, comprehension, self-consciousness, adaptability, passion, imagination, development, and logical reasoning. In simpler words, it can be termed as the capability to understand or comprehend facts, and to keep in perspective as evidence to rationalise the activities to adjust in a given situation’
Or is it more along the lines of Merriam-Webster’s words:
‘…the ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations…’
The most apt definition for intelligence in this context, perhaps, can be considered to be Stephen Hawking’s famous quote:
“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”
So, the degree of Artificial Intelligence is perhaps measured by how well a specifically programmed machine, of any level of sophistication, deals with situations it is NOT tooled to cope with or to handle. Read more here.
What Does It Do Today?
Today, A.I. is a banal concept. Sure, we are still nowhere near making a robot as sophisticated as ‘Cortana’ from the Halo franchise, but we aren’t exactly at a primitive stage either. At this stage A.I. is no longer an experimental idea; it is a powerful wave that is still building speed.
The most accessible A.I., a household name in fact, might be Siri from the iPhone operating system. Siri is one of the earliest computer programs to develop and is still going strong. Siri uses voice recognition programs and speech patterns to help understand the posed questions, and to better answer them. But that does not mean Siri can adapt, like we suggested earlier as the metric of rating the sophistication of Artificial Intelligence. As Apple users have frequently complained, Siri can sometimes lack a depth in response necessary for a certain organic feel in the software.
So, what then? Well, systems like OpenAir, Psyclone, and Elvin are among the pioneers of a new exponent of Artificial Intelligence. You see, a fundamental quality of organic life is its ability to reproduce; and the above mentioned systems are platforms for not only the reproduction of A.I., but also the synthesis of new, more complex Artificial Intelligence. You see, on OpenAir, an A.I. voice recognition system, like the one used in Siri, can come in contact with a speech synthesiser program. The two can merge to create a new A.I. that can speak and understand other speech.
So, if you would throw a new phrase, like ‘buy bitcoin with debit card’ at this new program, or ‘virtual debit card’, something that probably would not be in its programming, it could still use the context, mood and tone of your sentence to figure out what it means and update its information storage. In other words, it could learn. The other subroutine, the speech synthesiser, would come up with a reply. It may not be extremely relevant or snappy, but hey, neither am I at parties.
Artificial Intelligence is Relevant to Any Intellectual Task
Artificial Intelligence is applicable to many fields at once. Wherever adaptability comes into play, however, the test of A.I. begins.
Consider a hospital, where the stakes are high and a slight mistake can have catastrophic ramifications. There is a need for clinical accuracy, and speed above all else. This is why Microsoft is developing ‘Hanover’, an artificial intelligence system that will work to detect the many different forms of cancer with superior ease and accuracy and save lives by identifying it earlier.
Even video games have developed a range of quite sophisticated A.I. In fact, video games have emerged as being some of the best testing grounds for A.I. in recent years. Take, for example, Alien: Isolation, a recent enough game. The antagonist is a xenomorph that is comprised of two different A.I. systems working bilaterally and collaterally at times too. You see, one A.I. knows the player’s position on the map at all times; this A.I. feeds small tidbits of information to the other A.I., which is responsible to move the xenomorph from which the player must hide. Read more here.
This goes to show the potential of A.I. in common sectors today. Even in finance, Artificial Intelligence beats human intelligence; like in a simulated financial trading competition that took place in August 2001. It also helps reduce information asymmetry and to make supply-demand statistics more predictable, leading to steadier prices. Artificial Intelligence can help with the purchase of cryptocurrency as well. For example, it can facilitate the buying of bitcoin using a debit card online, making purchasing cryptocurrency with a visa card easier and safer. A.I. gets the job done quicker, faster and better.
Where Will Artificial Intelligence Stand Tomorrow?
The real question here is what role will the semi-sentient, self thinking machines of the future play in our lives and social structure?
Well, it definitely seems today that all Artificial Intelligence will do will have a positive effect. To be fair, all it does do today is streamline the processes we can do ourselves; whether in finance, medicine or in our daily lives. While some are afraid that one day robotics will no longer require a human hand to rectify its anomalies, to bring it back on track to grow and develop, at the moment this fear seems unfounded. As human, we can still do everything that these systems can, just in our own ways.
As we have seen above, there are a multitude of fields that require A.I., and are using them to reach unprecedented heights. These systems will no doubt grow, and adapt, and learn and multiply in efficiency and technicality, but not beyond the human being. As we design more and more A.I. we gain powers that we could never possess before. As Vladimir Putin said in 2017:
“Whoever becomes the leader in (artificial intelligence) will become the ruler of the world”.