Opinion | Artificial intelligence: potential to shape future
Technology is on a linear incline. Apple released its newest line of iPhones in the fall of 2018, with Samsung following with its Galaxy 8As. Amazon created Alexa, similar to Siri but more focused on the home. There are various technological creations and advancements made every year by private corporations throughout the world. Eventually, improvement in the technological realm will slow down and stand still. When technological advancement will hit a plateau is unknown, but the creation of artificial intelligence could help determine it.
Artificial intelligence, also known as AI, exists in the present. Merriam-Webster defines AI. However. the level in which the robot exists still remains questionable. The film “Ex Machina,” which is Latin for “a god from a machine,” just how unfathomable the capabilities of technology can be. The movie previewed what a self-aware, AI-operated machine looked and acted like. Self-aware AI-operated machines in the movie was able to draw pictures, carrya conversation with a human, be aware of a human’s emotions and dress itself.
There are a lot of questions that come with the possibilities of artificial intelligence. If AI machines can behave like humans, they can begin to replace their jobs as well. Unless regulations were put into place to prevent AIs from taking jobs, there would be few big businesses willing to hire human workers for specific work. There are examples of work that has already been replaced by robots and as long as technology grows, artificial intelligence will continue to as well. Fortunately, many scientists and engineers believe AI will never be able to replicate human judgement.
The ability for an AI to jeopardize a human’s career is nowhere in the near future. There’ve been many successes in what’s referred to as machine-learning artificial intelligence. Machine learning is the application of AI devices to analyze the environment and complete actions without being specifically programmed to complete them, such as facial recognition. An algorithm is built for the machine and millions of images are fed into it. The algorithm then detects and memorizes those images so that it can learn to remember new faces once the device is used. Facebook is famous for using facial recognition when a user posts a photo, suggesting who the people in the photo are and whether the user wants to tag them. Users have the option to disable facial recognition if they don’t feel comfortable with Facebook applying this algorithm to their photos.
There’s still a lot of work left to be done for companies to implement AI operating machines, including the process of securing patents for their algorithms. Government agencies that are already involving themselves with AI may need to either create separate budgets to advance the technology or outsource it when it becomes more common in other companies. When it comes to government involvement, these companies need to become aware and recognize where allies and adversaries stand on artificial intelligence.
Until then, the ability to utilize AI machines will be a competition for various private technical companies and defense contractors. In the end, whomever utilizes an AI-operated machine sufficiently and economically will have an advantage. The future of what the world of artificial intelligence creates in America and the generation it’ll impact the most.