The Artificial Intelligence Revolution: Part 2

A deeper look into why AI is the biggest upcoming technology

An explosion of intelligence is imminent and is bound to change the way we live

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not a myth, it’s a reality today. As of today, we have only skimmed the surface of the potential implications of AI. Yet, we are probably just one major breakthrough away from harnessing the true potential of the technology.

We’ve already touched upon the three classifications of AI in the first part of the series. We have scaled the peak that is ANI (artificial narrow intelligence) and are already harnessing this technology to great effect. Where we go from here is anyone’s guess, but we do have a good idea of the road ahead. Although the path to AGI (artificial general intelligence) is foggy, there are clear indicators we’re reaching that next milestone.

Here’s how we are already utilizing the benefits AI has to offer in our day-to-day existence and understanding the implications of the next step(s)

ANI is the current iteration of AI we make use of regularly. The ability of a smart object to perform smart functions faster than humans is the idea behind ANI. As narrow as it may be, can we really imagine life without calculators? Making your way to a new destination would be impossible without Google Maps. Who would you turn to for solutions if Siri experienced a severe downtime? Suffice to say, we’ve been using ANI for a long time now. Considering how much it eases our lives, it’s not going to stop soon either. This form of AI is one we are now capable of leveraging in almost every form of current technology.

Now however, General intelligence beckons. What AGI brings with it is a machine’s ability to think, function and react just like a human would. While we haven’t touched base with AGI in terms of using the technology, making calculated guesses is not beyond us.

It’s easy to take simple examples in this context. Apps like Spotify and Netflix are excellent at recommending music and movies to us based on our past expressions, searches and judgments. These apps make recommendations to us purely based on monitoring our choices online. Imagine such apps reacting to conditions such as the weather, life events we express online and even something as complex as varying moods. A technology as simple as surveillance cameras still requires a human sitting and monitoring the situation from behind a screen. How soon is it before computers take over the human function and automatically report and react to anomalies based on extensive coding and training. Companies such as Automated Insights have developed AI programs that can write news stories and generate reports automatically, with several data-driven industries already benefiting from the service. Blippar is an excellent case-study in how image recognition, augmented reality and computer vision technology can be used to bring the physical world to life through smart devices. 

Pondering over super intelligence and its far reaching implications.

As far as artificial super-intelligence goes, we can only imagine the possibilities. Regardless of where you stand in terms of openness to experiencing this next level of artificial intelligence, know that it is coming. Most of us reading this today are bound to witness the concept of AI touch the pinnacle of its potential at some point in our lifetimes. Only time will tell to what magnitude AI will change the way we live. However, it’s certain that AI will definitely change the way we live. For better or for worse, is the real question to ponder.

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