The Rise of Artificial Intelligence | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios
July 25, 2013
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Artificial intelligence is an ever evolving goal for researchers, and the object of endless fascination for writers, filmmakers, and the general public. But despite our best science fiction visions, creating digital intelligence is incredibly difficult. The universe is a very complicated place, and humans have had millions of years to evolve the ability to navigate and make sense of it. Contemporary attempts to create AI have us looking more at how our own brains work to see how a computer could simulate the core activities that create our intelligence. No matter how we get there, it is certain that artificial intelligence will have tremendous impact on our society and economy, and lead us down a path towards evolving our own definitions of humanity.
AI (Artificial Intelligence) is a branch of computer science dealing with the simulation of intelligent behavior in computers and/or the capability of a machine to imitate intelligent human behavior. Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary
When it comes to AI, people have ideas of human-like robot that seems to have some degrees of human intelligence and reasoning. I as a programmer think it is just another “tool”. A tool is an object that creates for certain purpose(es) to performance certain task(s) to make our lives easier. Anything that has built-in AI component is a “smart tool”; that is, a tool has sense to detect and respond when the condition is met. Programmers do that all the time (generally speaking :P) – having listeners for different events and making function calls accordingly. There is an argument against AI robots – job loss. I am not too worried about job loss. Even though we know that when the technology advances, there will be job loss, we also know that more new jobs will be created as well. Hence, there will always necessary short-term pain for the greater good. Once we pass the “initial costs of upgrade”, we will not want to look back.
I too share the same view that AI robots do NOT have to have human-like form. They can be in any different shape, size, and form based on their purposes and functions because (design speaking) the form should reflect their functions. Last, I remember the team at IBM that created the computer, Watson which won the Jeopardy game, did an experiment in which they let Watson “learned” urban dictionary. Watson had some interesting (human-like) replies to certain questions – It began to use profanity languages and sometimes replies, “This is BS.” Fortunate unlike human, Watson could easily make unlearned by deleting urban dictionary from its database, so it may not be too good to be too much human-like. Of course, there is a fear that if we create something super intelligent, and without all the human flaws it may one day wipe human off the surface of the earth.