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) …
Opinion: just what exactly is Artificial Intelligence and why is it so important? The first official use of the term Artificial Intelligence (AI) was in the proposal for the 1956 Dartmouth Summer Research Project on Artificial Intelligence. That six week workshop marked the birth of the field of study of AI and the organisers - John McCarthy, Marvin Minsky, Nathaniel Rochester and Claude Shannon - and conference attendees led the way for many years. At the beginning, the focus was on developing computational systems that had the capacity for the human abilities that are traditionally associated with intelligence. These included language use, mathematics and self-improvement on tasks through experience (learning) and planning (for example in games such as chess).
Microsoft has finally decided that the Kinect is no longer a viable standalone device to keep in production. This makes sense as the technology has been utilized for innovations such as Cortana and Hololens. Microsoft will continue to support the device (the Kinect will still work with whatever Xbox you've got it plugged in to) because Microsoft knows that it would be a fatal error to take away my ability to Just Dance. My Kinect, which is my second Kinect, is plugged into a Xbox One and its sole purpose in this world is to track my movements as I less-than-rhythmically jostle my body around while trying to follow some disco viking tripping out to the beat of "Pound the Alarm" by Nicki Minaj (extreme version). The current high score on that track is 11,270, which belongs to my daughter, who beat me by 50 points.
Artificial Intelligence ( AI) has taken over almost every aspect of our existence. We are slowly moving towards a society that works hand in hand with machines capable of making simple decisions. From self-driving cars to automatic vacuum bots, we are steadily tying our existence to machines. But, humans designed the AI machines and will always have the upper hand. A chink-less AI has not been created and we find computer hacking enthusiasts constantly getting the better of computer programs specifically designed to keep them out.
Before answering that question, it is important to point out that there is more than one category of AI technology – weak AI, artificial general intelligence, and strong AI. In spite of widespread fears that hyper-intelligent machines capable of outdoing us in our jobs will be available in the near future, the truth is that we are not quite there yet. In fact, even weak AI perform tasks just as good, if not better, as humans. Is it possible that AI technology may end the historical trend of new technology creating new jobs?
Elon Musk is increasingly out on his own with his doomsday predictions of a future where artificial intelligence threatens human existence. "This is a case where Elon and I disagree," says Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, speaking with the Wall Street Journal and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Over the past few months, Tesla and SpaceX boss Musk has issued repeated, dire threats warning of a very scary future with artificial intelligence. As the Wall Street Journal puts it, Musk is warning of a future where humans are the "house cats" of our robot overlords.
It goes rogue and tries to initiate a world war, eventually taking many human lives. It can make machines of its own, intended for human good, but eventually it becomes so corrupted, sadistic, and bloodthirsty that it builds war machines that eliminate humans themselves. If you noticed, there is something common in all the movies mentioned above, the Artificial intelligence in all these movies eventually becomes aware of its superior capabilities to humans. These reasons are basic human instincts bring depicted by the A.I.
When applied in science, AI can autonomously create hypotheses, find unanticipated connections, and reduce the cost of gaining insights and the ability to be predictive. The human mind processes millions of sensory inputs automatically and constantly, making it the most elegant computer in existence. What if we could bring to existence all the ideas not just with data, but also orders of magnitude more data processing capability? TimesPro, in technical partnership with NVIDIA- the AI computing company, has introduced three comprehensive courses to enable professionals to navigate the world of decision science.
I create virtual environments and evolve digital creatures and their brains to solve increasingly complex tasks. We could set up our virtual environments to give evolutionary advantages to machines that demonstrate kindness, honesty and empathy. Even my own job could be done faster, by a large number of machines tirelessly researching how to make even smarter machines. There is one last fear, embodied by HAL 9000, the Terminator and any number of other fictional superintelligences: If AI keeps improving until it surpasses human intelligence, will a superintelligence system (or more than one of them) find it no longer needs humans?
Before answering that question, it is important to point out that there is more than one category of AI technology – weak AI, artificial general intelligence, and strong AI. In fact, even weak AI perform tasks just as good, if not better, as humans. Instead, we will use a few examples to explore how further advancements in the field of AI can potentially affect employment. Is it possible that AI technology may end the historical trend of new technology creating new jobs?
While many historians continue to debate whether Abraham Lincoln was really the original author of this well-known adage, there couldn't be a more pertinent expression to describe the most advanced AI bots that you interact with today. Technologists call it Weak AI or Applied AI, and it covers the whole spectrum, from your grandfather's pocket calculator to your most trusted personal assistant Siri. So, will Applied AI eventually deliver perfect results for any task that it has been built for, and will it be completely free of cognitive, psychological, and informational biases? In the couple of million years of human existence on this planet, a vast majority of the time for a vast majority of the population has been dominated by the primal struggle for survival and mating.