What comes to your mind when you hear about AI, does it fear you or excite you. First, let us understand What AI is. AI is a machine that can learn new things like a human, though you have to program it that way or else it will be just a machine, read more here. But there are people who are believing AI can take over humans if they get to advance to a certain level, but some people differ from this idea. A common fear is we might lose our jobs. Today I will tell you about some facts and myths about AI. Brilliant guys like Elon Musk to Stephen Hawking have agreed on the potential future pitfalls and dangers of advanced machine intelligence. But current AI is not that advanced.
Types of AI
There are various types of AI, but we are categorizing it into 3 broad categories.
- Weak AI
This has been there for a long time now, it is just a machine that is programmed to act like humans. The learning is limited to the person who is coding. For example Game of Chess, where the machine acts as the human player. You can also consider Siri, vehicle speed controller etc.
- Strong AI
It is the next level of AI, where the machine starts understanding and takes action based on the understanding. Yet we have not perfected strong AI usage. But we can expect to see some applications in near future.
- Super AI
It is the AI where the machine knows that it exists. And behaves like a human and adapts and learns. We do not have any example of this, but you must have watched movies where they show this kind of AI.
Facts and Myths About AI
AI Will Both Eliminate and Create New Jobs
Whenever there is a technological change or innovation some jobs become obsolete, but new jobs are created. This happened when computers came, many employees lost their jobs but new jobs were created. According to me, probably in the next decade or two, AI will eliminate various jobs like programming of basic application or website, and self-driving cars will take over and no more drivers will be required. But new jobs will be created for maintaining the application that is built-in AI.
It will definitely not wipe out all the jobs, but definitely obsolete some current jobs.
Data Will Create Smarter Programs
Most consumers don’t give much thought to the scope of personal data that is increasingly exchanged through every digital transaction, from liking a friend’s or favourite brand’s post on Facebook to shopping on Amazon or watching movies on Netflix. But as data collection and interpretation software and processes get smarter and more sophisticated, so will the services technology companies can offer consumers through targeted advertising and virtual assistants capable of anticipating consumer behaviour.
Machines Will Become Smarter Than Humans
This cannot be said with evidence, because currently there is no AI presently that can do it. But maybe in future, we might have that kind of AI. Even if we are able to build that level of AI, we will have some kind of control over it.
AI Is Dangerous
Yes, you can say it is dangerous, because all new technology at first looks dangerous, again we can use computers example. The benefit of AI would be greater I think.
Automation and Artificial Intelligence are different
Automation is software that follows pre-programmed rules. Artificial intelligence is designed to simulate human thinking.
According to me AI is new and developing and yet to be explored vastly. That’s the reason we are afraid of it. But once we use it on a daily basis like computers, then we cannot live without it. Just be prepared for changes.
Also published on Medium.