If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
Without emotional bonding, there is no flow. People don't remember what you say, they remember how you made them feel. Naturally, the words we choose influence the outcomes. "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." How often do we struggle to clearly communicate our message to someone?
Since time immemorial, sound has been a key source of communication within nature. Birds, bees, whistle of the foliage, thunder, the whisper of air, dolphins speaking underwater and many more such forms of sound are some of the visible examples created by nature, with well-defined purposes. If one were to meander through a dense, human uninhabited forestland, and tip toe in silence, the various forms of the above sounds can be experienced in its raw form, and is a fascinating raw, musical experience! A music that does not have a well-defined structure, but nevertheless, an experience worth savouring! We all know that sound and its associated emotions has been a primary source of human communication.
As far as the impact of AI and Machine Learning on the modern world is constantly growing and changing every industry - from Education to Robotics and Heavy machinery, there is no doubt that tomorrow will be revolutionized by these two areas of computer science. Many cutting-edge inventions have already been made so far: Personal Assistants with a high level of human language understanding as Siri and Alexa, self-driving Tesla cars, IBM's Watson (won against 2 best performers at the Jeopardy show), autonomous weapons, dancing NAO Robots (2010 World Expo) and more. Numbers talk louder then simple words, so let's take a look at some predicted statistics of AI in business for next 5 years: By 2025 the whole AI market that was only $1.6 billion 4 years ago, will be around $60 billion and the world's GDP will rise by $15 trillion before 2030 because of AI. The intensively rising number of AI startups has been noticed since last two decades - at about 14 times more, than it was, and equivalently the amount of investments in this area also grew almost 6 times. Data Scientists from Google assume that only in the next year(2020) robots will manage to imitate complicated human behaviour and emotions like flirting or making fun of somebody.
It's a bright April day in Boston, and Gabi Zijderveld, a pioneer in the field of emotional artificial intelligence, is trying to explain why teaching robots to feel is as important as teaching them to think. "We live in a world surrounded by all these super-advanced technologies, hyper-connected devices, AI systems with super cognitive abilities -- or, as I like to say, lots of IQ but absolutely no EQ," says Zijderveld, chief marketing officer of Affectiva, the startup that spun out of the MIT Media Lab 10 years ago to build emotionally intelligent machines. "Just like humans that are successful in business and in life -- they have high emotional intelligence and social skills -- we should expect the same with technology, especially for these technologies that are designed to interact with humans." Giving machines a soul has been a dream of scientists, and sci-fi writers, for decades. But until recently, the idea of robots with heart was the stuff of moviemaking.
Until very recently we've had to interact with computers on their own terms. To use them, humans had to learn inputs designed to be understood by the computer: whether it was typing commands or clicking icons using a mouse. The rise of A.I. voice assistants like Siri and Alexa make it possible for machines to understand humans as they would ordinarily interact in the real world. Now researchers are reaching for the next Holy Grail: Computers that can understand emotions. Whether it's Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-1000 robot in Terminator 2 or Data, the android character in Star Trek: The Next Generation, the inability of machines to understand and properly respond to human emotions has long been a common sci-fi trope.
Artificial intelligence (AI) solutions are bringing about a renaissance in people's daily lives and in business operations globally. AI is designed to be fast and efficient and surpass human abilities in ways that will simplify the tasks, activities and issues that users and corporations come across on a daily basis. But is this kind of new "intelligence" a technology, or can it take on characteristics that set humans apart besides reason and logic? More specifically, what will be the role of emotion in the way the technology will operate, and will it ever catch up with the human ability to sense and feel? It is no secret that AI is built upon the concepts of pattern recognition and training, which allows it to take over more mundane, time-consuming and low-involvement tasks.
A life full of questions…every day we ask questions and we answer to others. This is how we learn, communicate, evolve and live. Have you ever counted the question marks in a day (here, another one)? The questions have some weights. Sometimes they are trivial or rhetorical but eventually, they can be crucial and change your complete life.
How is conversational AI transforming the customer journey? Mike Reiner held a panel at World Summit AI discussing the topic with four experts working on startups that are shaping the future of the way humans interact with chatbots. The panel discussions ranged from current business applications of the technology, to what we can expect from chatbots in the future. While the proliferation of such technology with consumers and businesses is increasing, there's a recurrent question: is conversational AI as advanced as we think? For now, chatbots have limited capabilities: even Siri is very task-directed and is incapable of understanding abstract concepts.
Artificial intelligence offers a lot of advantages for organisations by creating better and more efficient organisations, improving customer services with conversational AI and reducing a wide variety of risks in different industries. Although we are only at the start of the AI revolution, we can already see that artificial intelligence will have a profound effect on our lives, both positively and negatively. The financial impact of AI on the global economy is estimated to reach US$15.7 trillion by 2030, with 40% of jobs expected to be lost due to artificial intelligence, and global venture capital investment in AI is growing to greater than US$27 billion in 2018. Such estimates of AI potential relate to a broad understanding of its nature and applicability. AI will eventually consist of entirely novel and unrecognisable forms of intelligence, and we can see the first signals of this in the rapid developments of AI. In 2017, Google's Deepmind developed AlphaGo Zero, an AI agent that learned the abstract strategy board game Go with a far more expansive range of moves than chess. Within three days, by playing thousands of games against itself, and without the requirement of large volumes of data (which would normally be required in developing AI), the AI agent beat the original AlphaGo, an algorithm that had beaten 18-time world champion Lee Sedol.
On the face of it, it seems like some kind of impossible oxymoron. But it makes perfect sense… (Or at least it does to me now that I've attended the NZ Tech Marketers September event, Unleash your creativity with the power of AI.) Auckland's Tech Marketer contingent had the benefit of insights from Amanda Johnston-Pell, IBM's Chief Marketing Officer for Australia and New Zealand, and our Wellington and Christchurch cohort were joined by the ever-impassioned Isuru (Issy) Fernando, IBM New Zealand's Chief Design and Technology Officer. Both shared findings from the recent IBM 2019 Marketing Trends report: Nine factors reshaping marketing and how you can stay ahead of them. Doing this makes it less scary, binary and wo/man v. machine-ish. Issy says: "There's a lot of hype and uncertainty – and a lot of fud – out there about what AI is. We need to think of AI as less artificial reality and more augmented reality. It really changes the conversation. "If you look at humans across civilisation we've been augmenting ourselves with machines all the time.