Science fiction is an incubator for imaginative minds to create visions that help us to glimpse not only the future, but also something about ourselves in the present. Fueled by the extrapolation of 'what is' into 'what can be', science fiction transports us beyond the horizon of our current technologies enabling us to observe the possible incarnations of scientific progress and to experience and appreciate the many ways this may impact upon us. For example, George Orwell's classic work, 1984, introduced the notion of an omnipresent 'Big Brother' and served as a focal point for discussion about our attitudes, perceptions, hopes and fears about technology, society, and how they intertwine. Also, the concept of rules of ethical conduct for robots was introduced as 'Three Laws of Robotics' by U.S. author Isaac Asimov in his book Runaround originally published in 1942.
Artificial Intelligence was existed only in the domain of science fiction and fantasy until last few years. However, it has become a part of our normal lives today, in social as well as the business environment. From military, automotive, agriculture, legal, healthcare to education, this technology has touched in almost every field and sector impacting human lives to a great extend. AI systems are capable enough to reduce human efforts in numerous areas. Its applications help to get the work done faster and with accurate results.
The Artificial Intelligence (AI) that we first knew in the Science Fiction (Sci-Fi) movies of the 1980s was portrayed as fanciful magic, where computers would talk to us like humans and be able to understand our needs, hopes and perhaps even our emotional desires. The trouble, a quarter-century ago, was that the IT industry was conceptually capable of building the logic constructs and computation engines that would deliver AI, but even the smartest techies were held back by several factors… not all of which their fault. Today's AI has changed because the developers building it have produced vastly more sophisticated algorithms than those that were driving initial forays into this field. Secondly and crucially, our new AI systems have also benefitted from access to massively widened datasets that were never available before the birth of the Internet and cloud data centers. Thirdly, computers have quite simply become more powerful.
Sci-fi is a large and interesting genre for anyone who gets curious about what the future may hold. From flying cars to dystopian corporations, nothing is outside its range. RELATED: 10 2000s Sci-Fi Masterpieces You've Probably Never Seen There are tons of robot movies, B-grade schlock-fests like Chopping Mall, and big budget productions like Blade Runner: 2049. There's no such thing as an objective film rating, but IMDb is great for getting a consensus from the public. Let's see what they have to tell us about robots!
On Thursday, Elon Musk introduced the Tesla Cybertruck, an electric pickup that you might use to take Grandma to church, if Grandma is named Mad Maxine and lives inside the movie Blade Runner. As Roadshow's Tim Stevens and Andrew Krok point out, "given its relative performance and price, the Cybertruck could be a massive success for Tesla as it enters into the largest segment in the US market." You can reserve one for just $100, and if you're not yet sold, Tesla is making a new all-terrain vehicle that can charge in the truck's bed (not included in the truck's price). But maybe don't throw metal balls at the supposedly unbreakable windows. After they were dented in a public demonstration, Musk promised the company will fix that.
For example in the 1970s, artificial intelligence existed only in science fiction novels, and some movies here and there. Travel to about 30 years ago and the concept of AI was already taking shape, but the success rate was not that impressive. Around the mid 2000's there was a substantial breakthrough in machine learning, which made the concept of Deep Learning become feasible, which in turn became the Big Bang for artificial intelligence, aka AI. Fast forward to today, and we have plenty of AI neuronal networks that help us process digital information such as browsing, text translation or even the photos we take with our smartphones. There's one area though where AI promises to open up exciting new opportunities, and that is the automotive industry.
Machine learning, a process in which artificial intelligence teaches itself to perform complex tasks, has boundless applications. But the risks are alarming. AI, for instance, could discriminate against hiring black people based on past trends when discrimination against them was rife. So, in order to avoid such undesirable behaviour, a team of computer scientists at Stanford University has developed a framework dubbed "Seldonian algorithms" after a character in the science-fiction novels of Isaac Asimov. Seldonian algorithms can easily be tweaked by end users--who may not be coding wizards--to pre-empt potential foul-ups.
As I discuss at length in my recent book "The Weaponization of AI and the Internet," our human society is experiencing the very earliest beginnings of an expansively disruptive information revolution. Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled algorithms and automated machines are transforming our society, our daily lives, and potentially even our views of what it means to be "human" more rapidly and completely than we can possibly contemplate. Critical uncertainties remain regarding whether -- through our inventions -- we are inevitably outsmarting ourselves. Optimists among us believe that AI-assisted human intelligence will ultimately provide us with near-magical tools for alleviating suffering and realizing human potential. Some holding this vision foresee that super-intelligent AI systems will enable us to comprehend presently unknowable vast mysteries of the Universe, and to solve humanity's most vexing questions such as eradication of diseases, natural resource depletion and world hunger.
In Cadwell Turnbull's sci-fi novel The Lesson, powerful aliens occupy the US Virgin Islands. Turnbull, who grew up on Saint Thomas, says he meets many people who have no idea that the Virgin Islands even exist. "When I first went to Pittsburgh for my undergrad, I would talk to people about the Virgin Islands, and a lot of people just had no idea that we were territories of the US," Turnbull says in Episode 387 of the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast. "Because it's so small--the population is a couple hundred thousand people--it's easily overlooked." Turnbull first got interested in fantasy and science fiction from watching shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer.