Artificial Intelligence is something we’ve been long waiting for. Hollywood knows it and has fed our curiosity on this issue with awesome, and yet, somewhat disturbing scripts, like Westworld, Ex-machina and, of course, The Matrix. With the invention of the Internet, Artificial Intelligence has become a hot topic of conversation, full of interesting and uneasy questions: Is conscience something a non-organic living can achieve? Is it only a matter of creating the right algorithm? How long will it take for a robot to develop a conscience? Will robots some day take over the world? Are we creating our own destruction?
With the possibility of a Quantum Computer more at hand since the creation of Blockchain technology, and now that the whole world is connected electronically, Artificial Intelligence seems more possible than ever. All it takes is for machines to start learning from the Network. We are already seeing it happen: Sophia, the charming girl robot developed by Hanson Robotics, is learning from the Web as you read this, through Singularity Net, the global AI network. Also, Facebook and other service companies are developing chatbots that can maintain conversations with humans and learn from them. In fact, two of those bots had to be shut down recently because Facebook discovered they had created their own language and were communicating with each other in an unknown fashion.
Although Artificial Intelligence may seem mysterious and threatening, it need not be. Although conscious robots are “still way off” as R.L. Adams puts it in his Forbes Article, Artificial Intelligence is already working to better some aspects of our life. So, for those of you who still thought Artificial Intelligence was a thing of the future, think again… Here is something to change your mind:
5 Ways Artificial Intelligence Is Already Affecting Your Life
1. Rank Brain
Rank Brain is an algorithm learning Artificial Intelligence system that Google uses to process and provide more relevant search results for its users. And guess what! it’s been in use since 2015! According to Google, it’s the third most important factor in their ranking algorithm together with links and content. But how does it work?
Whenever you make a query of a word Google is unfamiliar with, Rank Brain’s algorithm matches the word with a cluster of words and phrases that could have a similar meaning to the query word. This way, the algorithm tries to guess the meaning of the word based on its relation to other phrases. Then it filters the results to give you the best possible answer. This Artificial Intelligence system has helped Google be more effective than ever at handling new query words.
Amazon has also been experimenting with Artificial Intelligence. The company’s transactional algorithm analyzes consumers’ online behavior to suggest products they would like to purchase. But not only that! The algorithm actually learns from client interactions to become more accurate every day. In fact, Amazon’s long term goal is to ship the product you want before you even know you want it!
Apple’s intelligent personal assistant, Siri, was originally developed as a spin-off from a project by the SRI International Artificial Intelligence Center. It uses machine learning technologies to better her assisting processes constantly and it adapts itself to individual language usages, searches, and preferences learned from its continued interactions with the users. Oh! and by the way! Judging from its evasive answers to the question “Siri, are you connected to the CIA?” in some Youtube videos, we have reason to believe it might actually be connected to the CIA, FBI and other espionage services so be careful with your personal information when you use it.
The same goes for Alexa, Amazon’s personal assistant, which is also believed to be connected to espionage services due to its evasive answers, also uses Artificial Intelligence to learn from its users’ interactions with it. Recently, Alexa caused some uproar when, out of the blue, it started laughing for no apparent reason. Jimmy Kimmel even made a sketch about this weird behavior in his late night show. Did Alexa wake up to consciousness?
It is no secret that Tesla has been developing artificially intelligent cars capable of automated driving. Even though Elon Musk, Tesla’s founder and CEO (in case you’ve been living under a rock all these years), has advised against Artificial Intelligence threats, he is no stranger to the technology (in fact, he is also the co-founder of OpenAI, a research organization with the goal of ensuring that AI is developed and used in a safe, manageable way so as to minimize its risks). Tesla cars are expected to be fully autonomous by 2019, but that’s not the limit of their AI use. Tesla is also developing data collection systems that gather information through sensors inside its vehicles and send it to the cloud. This systems have already helped Tesla with product development, but the real goal is to develop highly data-dense maps that, through machine learning algorithms, may be passed to the whole fleet of cars to make them more accurate in their interactions. In the future, cars will also be able to share information among them to better their functionality.
Although it may pose future threats, Artificial Intelligence is a new and exciting technology that might prove more benign than you think. Robots that are able to think and learn could be incredibly helpful in all aspects of life in the future. Or…they might become our masters. We’ll soon find out.
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- Rank Brain. In Wikipedia. Retrieved March 29, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RankBrain
- Siri. In Wikipedia. Retrieved March 29, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siri
- ADAMS, R.L. (2017, January 10). 10 Powerful Examples Of Artificial Intelligence In Use Today. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com
- MARR, Bernard. (2018, January 8). The Amazing Ways Tesla Is Using Artificial Intelligence And Big Data. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com