For the longest time, people have been relying on their own intelligence. You must admit that humanity did pretty amazing things so far. Nevertheless, over time, man power was not enough to keep up with all the industry developments.
Scientists realized that we needed something more, and artificial intelligence proves to be the missing link.
What defines artificial intelligence?
John McCarthy, an American computer scientist and cognitive scientist, was the one that coined the term in 1955, and he was also one of the founders of this discipline. He defined it as “the science and engineering of making intelligent machines”.
Basically, this discipline focuses on creating machinery, computers, or software that are intelligent. By doing this, the intelligent agents (as some researchers called them), are able to perceive the environment and be successful in regards to the action they take.
Why are people afraid of artificial intelligence?
If you think about how far artificial intelligence (AI) could be used, it can be kind of a scary thought.
Our generation grew up using pen and paper when doing math exercises, we did not have a computer until later on, but at the same time, we are the ones who have adapted and embraced so easily the newest forms of technology.
Even though artificial intelligence has been studied for half a century now, it’s still an ongoing process that we don’t know how to react to.
Will the world change just like we see in science fiction movies? Are computers and robots going to rule the world?
When we think about AI, we imagine all sorts of machinery and robots that can talk, that will be able to clean our house, and all kinds of stuff.
Even researchers and scientists have their own fears, because they worry about the purpose for which humans will use artificial intelligence.
Technology is neither good, nor bad. It’s only a matter of how people decide to use it, and that is why it can make us feel afraid. For example, self driving cars are a very good example of using AI to create technology that would help us improve our lives.
The fact that autonomous vehicles will be able to decrease the number of car crashes is an extremely important issue for the world we live in. On top of that, they will allow us to perform other tasks while we are in the car, tasks that we couldn’t have normally done with a wheel in our hands, and with our eyes on the road.
Another example where artificial intelligence is used for the right reasons is in the development of surgical robots. Just recently, Google partnered up with a health firm in order to get involved in the process of building robots that can perform surgeries. This will allow more control, precision, accuracy, and a minimal invasive procedure.
And the bad
Stephen Hawking, who is almost completely paralyzed due to his motor neurone disease, said that “The development of artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race”. This is a pretty big deal coming from someone who has been communicating since he was 21 (he is now 73) through computer software.
He also said that computers and technology are evolving faster than biological evolution, and that soon enough it will catch up with us, and eventually it will replace humanity. If you think about it, it is quite sad that medicine was not able to find a cure for his disease, and instead, he found a way to build technology in order to be able to communicate, send emails, write books, or give lectures.
In this article, Tom Dietterich, the president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and Eric Horvitz, managing director of the Microsoft Research lab, expressed their concerns around the topic of AI. They believe that in the future, there will be three main risks researchers and scientists will have to consider: the fact that there are going to be errors in programming AI software, cyber attacks, or the fact that the software is going to respond is unwanted ways.
Bill Gates is also on the side of the people who believe artificial intelligence can pose as a potential threat for humanity.
Should we be scared or excited?
AI is coming (it already began to do so). What we don’t know for sure is how it will impact our world, and how humanity will decide to use it. Will we make good or bad decisions? Will it rule the world? We’re about to find out.
Come to Techsylvania to meet a professor of Artificial Intelligence
I’m sure you have a ton of questions on AI, whether you’ve studied it for a while, or you’re just new to this topic.
This year, we were able to bring to Techsylvania as one of our amazing speakers, Thomas Roth-Berghofer from UK, who is Professor of Artificial Intelligence & Head of Research Cluster Digital Communities at University of West London.
We can’t wait to hear his speech, since we don’t have the opportunity too often to meet someone who has a lot of knowledge on AI.
If you have curiosities about AI, now is your chance to find the answers to them. Buy your ticket for the conference, and come meet Thomas Roth-Berghofer, one of the great minds that specialize in artificial intelligence.
See you there!