Understanding Artificial Intelligence

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Maybe if you work in the computer industry you have heard a lot about Artificial Intelligence. In the most cases, for non-technological people, AI is associated with movies like Terminator, Star Wars, Transformers, and others. And as you think, it’s a mistake.

AI it’s not the body, not the robot, not the terminator, these are just the recipients for AI. However, AI is already here today, we use it almost every day. So having a high interest in how new technologies will influence our day to day life, we’ve started to make a research.

For a better understanding, the specialists classify the forms of AI in three major categories, which are based on AI’ caliber categories.

Form 1) ANI or Artificial Narrow Intelligence – is an AI that has one dedicated purpose and is specialized in one area. For example, Alpha Go developed by  Alphabetical Inc.’s Google Deepmind is the first computer program to defeat the strongest Go player in history. The algorithm from this computer is good at one thing: at playing GO, and nothing more. If you’ll give some other tasks to complete, such as solving mathematical problems, it will be like a non-technical person looking at a code.

At this stage, your natural human capabilities will be augmented by computational systems that help you think, solve problems more quickly and do any kind of things that can be mathematically represented.

Imagine that if you don’t know something or you have a question, in a few seconds you will know the answer from Google. Even Siri, Cortana and other AI are at this stage. In other words, ANI computers do exactly what we told them to do, so they are limited.

Form 2) AGI or Artificial General Intelligence – refers to a computer that is as smart as a human being, or a little bit more. A computer integrated into a machine could make any intellectual task that a human being could also do. This is the next big level after ANI.

The programmers work to AGI computers to make them come up with new things all by themselves. Imagine a generative design tool that comes with new designs all by themselves. Ohh, this already exists. Logojoy is an AI Design tool that can create logos. All you need to do is to enter a few characteristics and your logo is done. The aircraft designers from Airbus and the Autodesk University had made a 3D printed cabin partition that is designed using Autodesk generative design algorithms.

So, AGI can generate things and can come with their own solutions to define our problems but just if it’s being helped by a specialist who knows what data to introduce.

Form 3) ASI or Artificial Super Intelligence – is “an intellect that is much smarter than the best human brains in practically every field, including scientific creativity, general wisdom, and social skills” as Nick Bostrom, a popular Swedish philosopher at Oxford and the writer of the best seller “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies”, says.

ASI is the reason why everybody talks about Terminator, robots, and others. In fact, the experts said that is the most crucial topic for our future.  ASI will change everything.

And now, what AI really means:

Think of a human being, AI is the brain and the robot is the body. The ultimate cars are full of systems, from the computer technologies that give the car permission to self-drive without putting your hands on the steering wheel to computers that identifies thousands of factors in a second and sends signals to lock your wheels. The computer is the AI and the car is the robot. Now I hope from our research you understand that AI is not a robot, is the computer that controls the robot.

In conclusion, the fact that we enter into a new age of the human history is true. The way technology is changing, is incredibly fast. Thinking about the fact that Google was founded 20 years ago, we can see how much it has evolved. Think about Facebook, it was founded about 13 years ago and where it is now. Within 20 years, nobody expected this. In fact, we have Google that finds things for us, we have Google translate that translate for us, we have automated manufacturing that is producing things for us. We have Siri, Cortana, application maps and behind all of this is a little AI computer.

How will AI change the way we live? We don’t know yet. But, we think that the change will be exponential.


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