Humankind is at the cusp of becoming artificially intelligent

On May 11, 1997, Garry Kasparov, a chess grandmaster resigned after 19 moves against Deep Blue, a chess-playing computer developed by scientists at IBM. The fact that a computer managed to defeat a world champion itself gives us a hint that computers are bound to take over our lives.

Artificial intelligence systems have been rising exponentially in almost all business applications in the world. A report by PwC estimates AI to contribute almost $15 trillion to the global economy in almost 10 years. From 2015 to 2018, active AI startups have also increased by almost 30%.

 

What is artificial intelligence?

Artificial intelligence is the branch of computer science that aims to replicate human intelligence, which before, needed human intervention to perform various tasks. Human cyborg robots that are depicted in the movies like ‘The Terminator’ can be categorized as an example of a strong AI system (read further).

 

Weak AI

Weak AI systems cannot make judgments on their own and need human intervention to perform tasks like a trigger in Amazon’s Alexa, Google home assistant, or Microsoft Cortana. 

 

Strong AI/Artificial general intelligence (AGI)

Strong AI, still under development phase, is the future of AI which aims to replicate the human brain by making them capable of making judgments, plan, reason, question and can even solve a puzzle.

A very interesting application of a strong AI system is ‘Sophia(robot)’, a humanoid robot developed in Hong Kong by ‘Hanson Robotics’ on February 14, 2016, and made her first public appearance at South By Southwest Festival(SXSW) on March 2016 in Austin, Texas, USA. In October 2017, ‘Sophia’ became the first robot to become a Saudi Arabian citizen

 

The Future of AI

Future AI systems are replacing almost all the routine and monotonous tasks and is expected to replace 16% of our jobs in the next 10 years. Global revenues from AI applications are projected to increase from $1.62 Billion in 2018 to $31.2 Billion in 2025. Source: Statista

There are numerous debates among the scientists concerning the endless search of humans to find more intelligent AI systems that can result in robots taking over humanity, although it can another 50 years to happen. But the question is, are we prepared?

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Sarthak Verma

Sarthak is currently working in Infosys Technologies since 2014. My interests include sports, writing, sketching, and reading. I was born and brought up in Bhopal and did my graduation from the same city. I moved to Pune after completing my corporate training in Mysore, Karnataka. I also love traveling and have explored more than 10 Indian states so far. I'm also a foody and love to cook a different variety of Indian and continental cuisines. I also love solving challenging puzzles in my free time. 

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