If you boil it down to the basics, artificial intelligence (AI) is defined as a machine’s ability to simulate human intelligence. According to Vladimir Putin, AI is the future, and whoever becomes the leader in this area of technology will become “the ruler of the world.”
Knowing where we came from
AI has been around since the 1960s, and only a few knew about it. It is an area of computer science that has changed over the years. At this point, it helps us in many ways; for example, by blocking spam from the inbox in our computers, suggesting shows we might want to watch on Netflix, and taking us from Point A to Point B as we surf the internet. But AI has a long way to go before it is in a position to take over general intelligence.
Machine learning maneuvers
An algorithm is a set of instructions to tell a computer what to do. Artificial intelligence is the science of developing intelligent machines that can achieve the same goals humans achieve. Machine learning (ML) works for AI without specific programming. ML professionals train algorithms, deploy them, and allow a system to learn through datasets. There are various kinds of machine learning. With supervised learning, you give algorithms labeled training information, and the system learns to associate input with output. Unsupervised learning allows an algorithm to make choices using unlabeled data. Machines can also employ natural language processing (NPL), enabling them to transcribe, translate and generate speech. Then there is computer vision, which teaches computers to see, a process that involves parsing pixels.
Industrial manufacturers, for instance, were the first to use industrial robots, simple systems that performed repeatable tasks. Today, robots are more intelligent. They are equipped with computer vision, cloud connectivity, and more and will soon be able to work with humans in unstructured environments. Robots will become increasingly helpful; automation can improve product quality while decreasing costs. On the downside, this would displace millions of jobs worldwide as soon as 2030, according to those in the know. Here are a few industries that experts believe AI could transform: manufacturing, transportation, healthcare, social media, advertising, financial services, insurance, and government.
About the competition
By 2030, China intends to become the world leader in AI. However, China lags behind the U.S. even though it has invested billions to reach parity with our country. China has the most significant internet users market and few privacy constraints. But U.S. Companies have the best talent, the best R&D, and the highest quality algorithms. While it is true that AI can increase productivity and wealth, it can also create havoc in the human job market. Governments are beginning to scrutinize AI more closely and believe regulation is necessary to maintain algorithmic transparency, especially about consumer products.
A look ahead
When you bring your computer to Urban E Recycling, you don’t think about artificial intelligence and algorithms. You’re simply disposing of your device responsibly. Still, AI is fated to become part of the global conversation regularly. Will it define who becomes the ruler of the world? Whether you believe Vladimir Putin has the right idea or not, AI will be part of our lives for a long time.
Mother Nature doesn’t want your old computers but we do.