Do you think artificial intelligence is scary?
You are one amongst many who believe that artificial intelligence will somehow make it difficult for humans to do their job. However, AI is just a sophisticated program that quietly been changing the way you have computed over the years. Don’t believe us? Take the example of SIRI or Google voice recognition. These two are beautiful and classic examples of what artificial intelligence could do for humans. This is not all. Amazon Echo is a device that can bring a very advanced form of artificial intelligence your way. Even your Facebook newsfeed is not generic. It is designed by a set of algorithms that are managed through AI.
What is artificial intelligence and why should you know about it?
Artificial intelligence can simply be defined as a set of cognitive programs that can interact with their environment without human interference. AI is based on the idea of machine learning i.e. it is easy for a machine to learn generic patterns in data without needing a specific algorithm. The machine or program can use its own logic and cognition abilities to find these generic patterns and give largely reliable results. Your Facebook newsfeed, for example, understands the pages and people you interact with the most and tries to bring the posts by these people to the top of your feed.
You should know about artificial intelligence because it will start to dominate the tech field within the next 5 years. Experts and entrepreneurs alike have understood that AI is the future of business and technology. Therefore, they are preparing themselves for the big day when AI finally becomes a supremely viable business solution. IBM’s Watson has already taken a step ahead in this direction and has the computing ability of 10m records per second. With AI, the question is not ‘why’ but ‘when’.
Will AI overthrow humans?
Per the International Data Corp, AI will be a $16.5 billion market in 2019. As more businesses start opening to this technology, this market will continue to grow with hundreds of new automation programs releasing regularly. Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, and IBM have recently decided to handle public concerns related to AI. They want to regulate this field by creating the best practices in the industry.
The issues of surveillance and privacy are more rampant with AI than with any other latest technology. This is because AI is based on big data that could cause a threat to the privacy of the individuals. However, there is no doubt that AI is already transforming lives and making many tasks easier for us. The fact that AI will make people lose their jobs is only partially true. This is because AI will create millions of jobs at the same time, which will help many millennials get job opportunities we never thought about 5 years ago.
Is learning AI difficult? No. If you spend some time on learning about AI, you will find that it is an incredibly useful technology, especially at an enterprise level. Your smartphone also works as a small AI factory. However, it has only small computing powers. With time, regulations will be brought in and AI will become a useful technology that does not create any threats to anybody’s privacy.