Envision this. You are very tired after a long days work and you are pretty lazy to drive back home, so your car drives by itself and parks itself in the garage. When you enter home there is some soothing music playing to calm your mood. When you enter the bathroom the Jacuzzi is set at the perfect temperature. And when you go to the dining table there is some appetizing dinner waiting for you.
Sounds a bit futuristic? What if I told you that all this is possible with the help of artificial intelligence.
Artificial intelligence or AI is intelligence exhibited by machines, rather than humans or other animals. It is the ability of a machine to think and learn. With the growing technological advancements, it looks like artificial intelligence would definitely be the next big thing of this era. Ever thought how would this affect human life?
It is the nature of technology to progress over time, and as it improves we have to get equipped with it.
But Artificial intelligence (AI) might seem like the realm of science fiction, but you might be surprised to find out that youre already using it in your day to day life.
How many of you use google to reach your desired destination, well here you are using AI. When you ask siri to remind you to finish your homework, again you are interacting with AI. When you play fifa or call of duty against the computer you are actually playing against AI.
How do you think you get search recommendations on YouTube or Netflix, through AI.
This sort of Artificial intelligence is properly known as narrow AI, which is designed to perform a narrow task.
On the other hand there are companies like Uber and tesla who are trying to create self-driving cars that would remove the stressful task of driving. Then there is Watson, an artificial intelligence system created by the company IBM. Watson is being developed to identify and cure symptoms of cancer, which would in turn save the lives of millions of people. This type of artificial intelligence is known as general AI. The long term aim of many researchers to create a general AI.
The main benefit of artificial intelligence is that it can perform jobs much more efficiently and without human shortcomings, such as fatigue, emotion and reduces errors.
But as every coin has two sides, artificial intelligence has its own demerits.
A scientist tries to create a super intelligent artificial intelligence that would fix all the problems and make the world better, but it goes out of his control and turns evils and tries to take over the world, thinking that humans are weak and machines would be the next step of evolution. Does this ring a bell? Im taking about the movie avengers age of ultron. In the movie, ultron, an artificial intelligence created by humans tries to end the human race for the rise of the machines. And at the end the superheroes defeat the AI and save the day.
There are several other movies like this showing that AI will take over the world and be the next step of evolution. But will this really happen?