“Some people call this artificial intelligence, but the reality is this technology will enhance us. So instead of artificial intelligence, I think we’ll augment our intelligence.”
— Ginni Rometty (Executive Chairman of IBM)
Our own intelligence has a very poor understanding of what intelligence is.
We tend to think intelligence in one dimension.
Like IQ, so the person with a lower IQ is less intelligent and the one with a higher IQ is more intelligent. It’s kind of like a note that gets louder and louder.
It is like starting to queue species from lower IQ like a rat or insect, and then maybe a monkey, and then a stupid person, and then an average person like me, and then comes a Genius like Steve Jobs.
It’s completely wrong.
That’s not what intelligence is — not what human intelligence is, anyway.
It’s much more like a symphony of different notes, and each of these notes is played on a different instrument of cognition.
In 1983 an American developmental psychologist Howard Gardener described 9 types of intelligence:
- Naturalist (nature smart)
- Musical (sound smart)
- Logical-mathematical (number/reasoning smart)
- Existential (life smart)
- Interpersonal (people smart)
- Bodily-kinesthetic (body smart)
- Linguistic (word smart)
- Intra-personal (self smart)
- Spatial (picture smart)
They can be divided further and all they vary in different strengths with different people.
Animals do have their own basket of symphonies with a different set of intelligence.
Like a dog shows more loyalty than any human and lizards can’t think anything except food, sex, and running from danger.
All this because all species have a limit to their thinking capabilities.
When we go to make machines, we engineer them in the same way, where we’ll make some of those types of smartness much greater than ours, and many of them won’t be anywhere near ours, because they’re not needed.
So a calculator is smarter than you in arithmetic but doesn’t have any other sense of thinking.
When IBM Watson won the Jeopardy Challenge, it was good at memorizing than you.
But, What Difference Does That Make?
We’re going to take, again, these kinds of different types of thinking and we’ll put them into some device or tech, like, a car.
The reason why we want to put them in a car so the car drives, is because it’s not driving like a human. It’s not thinking like us.
That’s the whole feature of it. It’s not being distracted by any weirdo passing the road or about the pandemic. It’s doing what it needs to.
So in general, what we’re trying to do is make as many different types of thinking as we can.
As Tesla Car is good at locating itself in the surroundings, and IBM Watson is good at speaking the memorized data, and Hololens is good at recognizing objects with spatial mapping. We will bring more like them, which will be exceptionally well in a particular sense and intelligence.
And that’s the future. That’s the idea, we are going to cognify things and create a whole new world.
The first Industrial Revolution was based on the fact that we invented artificial power.
Previous to that, during the Agricultural Revolution, everything that was made had to be made with human muscle or animal power.
That was the only way to get anything done. The great innovation during the Industrial Revolution was, we harnessed steam power, fossil fuels, to make this artificial power that we could use to do anything we wanted to do.
With a flick of the switch, commanding 250 horses.
Which we use to do things beyond any human and animal capability.
And that artificial power can also be distributed on wires on a grid to every home, factory, farmstead, and anybody could buy that artificial power, just by plugging something in.
So, that was the source of innovation as well.
Instead of using bull power plow, we can use artificial power vehicles, that’s tractors, to turn the soil.
And by this, you multiply your result to tens or hundreds of times. That formula was what brought us the Industrial Revolution.
All the things that we see, all this progress that we now enjoy, has come from the fact that we’ve done that.
We’re going to do the same thing now with AI. We’re going to distribute that through the cloud.
So instead of using just an artificial power vehicle of 250 horsepower, we add 250 minds in it. And that’s a smart tractor or car.
And now the smart car can work thousands and millions of times better.
It’s an auto-driven car like Tesla.
It’s a new commodity.
In the next Industrial Revolution, we’re now going to cognify. As we electrify earlier.
And as Kevin Kelly said, the idea for the next 10,000 start-ups is simple. Take x product and add AI.
And in that way, we’re going to make the next Industrial Revolution.
What Role Does XR Play?
As we see forward, there will be two stages coming inevitably towards us,
- When AI is doing half the task
- When AI is doing all the task
In both the stages, the participation to use XR will be more and more.
AI will define the foundation of the new world whereas XR+AI will define the track.
In other words, in today’s world, as a computer is a carrier to the Internet similarly, XR will be a carrier to AI.
XR will be the future of computers. But XR in itself has some limited use cases until and unless it gets integrated with AI.
So, if we talk about the future of AI, XR will work as the interface to connect humans with it’s surrounding.
When you will buy an AI-enabled microwave, you will not get an AI with it and not even a screen. Because you will already be having the AR-Glass to make it work.
The interface to use any device will be XR.
Any tool that you see will be controlled by XR. Like you make Excel Sheets in Computer similarly, you will make the AI-integrated Excel Sheet in XR.
And with the possibilities with AI, we can see, there is no replacement for AR-MR Glasses.
It is inevitable.
And you will probably see a few companies developing AI and distributing it through Clouds like we distribute electricity through the grid. But a large number of companies making AR-MR Glasses in the near 5000 days.
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