Artificial Intelligence is benefiting our everyday lives. Today most of us use navigation devices and Google search engines, while in the past AI helped end World War 2. All eyes are now on the benefits and dangers of the future development of Artificial Intelligence.
Essay on A.I
The definition of artificial intelligence according to Google Dictionary is, ‘The theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, essay recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages.’
Before the second world war, robots were mostly fantastical machines of fiction for the many. However, some of humankind, in 1939 was already thinking about artificial intelligence. In 1939 the Elektro robot went on display at the World’s Fair. With broad shoulders of steel, a commanding presence of seven feet tall, he looked like a giant metal warrior. Elektro could play 79 RPM records, move his arms and head. Amazingly his photoelectric “eyes”could distinguish red and green light. Incredibly, for the age he could also walk by voice command.
With the dark sway of world war 2 innovators were under pressure to use technology to help win the war and end mass suffering. One such innovator of computer science was British mathematician, Alan Turing. At Cambridge University, Turing explored the mathematical possibility of artificial intelligence. Turing suggested that humans use available information as well as reason in order to solve problems and make decisions, so ‘why can’t machines do the same thing?’
In 1936, while studying for his Ph.D. at Princeton University, the English polymath, Alan Turing published a paper, “On Computable Numbers, with an application to the Entscheidungsproblem,” which became the cornerstone of computer science. Turing presented a theoretical machine that could solve any problem that could be described by simple instructions encoded on a paper tape. One Turing machine could calculate square roots, while another might solve Sudoku puzzles. Turing demonstrated you could construct a single Machine that could simulate any Turing Machine.
Back in Britain Turing designed an electromechanical machine, called the Bombe, that searched through permutations, and by the end of the war the British were able to read all daily German secret code revealing the position of Naval Enigma traffic. It has been reported that Eisenhower said the contribution of Turing and others at the UK Bletchley buildings saved millions of lives and shortened the 2 nd World War by approximately two years.
Computers remained very expensive and vast in size and until the fifties they had a big weakness: they could not remember information. The invention of the computer chip in the early eighties changed the landscape. With the advent of the new age entrepreneurs began building ‘home brew’ computers at home. One of these inventors was Steve Jobs who created the Apple Computer Company(1976–1977) It is now considered one of the Big Five technology companies, along with Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Facebook.
AI began to creep more and more into our every day lives with Car satellite navigation systems and Google search algorithms which use AI. AI is increasingly becoming more advanced to satisfy consumers. Car manufacturers are developing cars that drive themselves; some U.S. states in 2020 are drafting legislation that will allow autonomous vehicles on the roads. In Europe, the trend continues; cities in France, Italy, Belgium and the UK are planning to operate transport systems for driverless cars. Germany, Spain and Holland have already allowed testing of robotic cars in traffic.
Paper Sample on Artificial Intelligence
Among car companies excelling in AI for autonomous driving are: Google’s Waymo, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors, Continental Automotive Systems, Autoliv Inc., Bosch, Nissan, Toyota, Audi, Volvo, Vislab from University of Parma, Oxford University.
With regards to Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced during the company’s Autonomy Day they were ready: