The Impact of Artificial Intelligence

The next big buzzword in the world of technology is artificial intelligence — AI. For the moment blockchain has stolen the spotlight, but plenty of projects are underway in order to propel artificial intelligence into the number one position. To date, there have been massive leaps forward and the list of recent achievements indicates that progress will not slow, but only speed up rapidly for the future.

An astounding number of milestones have happened in recent memory. The predecessors of contemporary machines which were built for solving complex problems have set the stage for really advanced AI systems. Overcoming technological obstacles, and the limitations of human intelligence, these engines are positioning society for an explosion of scientific growth. The following is a list of modern achievements by machines.

1997 — Deep Blue defeats world chess champion Garry Kasparov

This was the first time ever that a computer beat a human champion in the mathematical game of chess that had been around for thousands of years prior.

2011 — IBM Watson’s Jeopardy! Victory

As Deep Blue beat Kasparov, so did IBM’s Watson beat human contenders to win a one million dollar prize in Jeopardy. This marked the first time a computer beat top tier humans in another challenge, yet astonishingly this was in language and creative thinking.

2012 — The true power of deep learning is unveiled to the world — computers learn to identify cats

This marked the first time a computer could competently identify a similar object in a variety of pictures. The breakthrough led to a new process where artificial intelligence could process data in a way that only humans could before.

2015 — Machines “see” better than humans

In just three short years computers went from being able to consistently identifying similar patterns to overtaking human input in the field.

2016 — AlphaGo goes where no machine has gone before

AlphaGo, created by Deep Mind and now a subsidiary of Google, defeated world Go champion Lee Sedol over five matches. Artificial intelligence is increasingly overtaking humans in the realm of strategy games.

2018 — Self-driving cars hit the roads

Currently, Google offers a self-driving service done entirely by driverless cars called Waymo in Phoenix, Arizona. From identifying pictures of cats to being able to distinguish real-time data consistently enough to drive cars, artificial intelligence has come a long, long way in a very short amount of time.

All of these advancements pose the very serious question, “What does the future hold?” Just in the last couple of years alone, artificial intelligence has been repeatedly shut down and restricted for public use. These actions lead us to believe that things are improving at a far greater rate than the general public understands. While some onlookers may be pessimistic about these revelations, there is much more to be optimistic about. The following is a small sample of articles from recent events and their sources.

Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Robots Shut Down After They Start Talking To Each Other In Their Own Language

Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/facebook-artificial-intelligence-ai-chatbot-new-language-research-openai-google-a7869706.html

New AI Fake Text Generator May Be Too Dangerous To Release, Say Creators

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/feb/14/elon-musk-backed-ai-writes-convincing-news-fiction

Google Developing Kill Switch For AI

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36472140

“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

These sources suggest that artificial intelligence is moving at a rapid-rate beyond not only the understanding of the common person but also for the researchers directly involved in each project. The evolution of this technology hasn’t even become mainstream and yet we are already entering an era where machines are surpassing humanity in incomprehensible ways. In order for individuals and organizations to stay competitive artificial intelligence will need to be integrated into all platforms so that they can stay ahead of the curve. The side effect will be an incredibly large leap forward in innovation that will impose changes faster than we can perceive them. This is why businesses have been incorporating them into their strategies, and why the mass adoption of artificial intelligence by the retail class is the next big movement on the horizon.

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