Today, AI can be thought of as an umbrella term that encompasses machine learning, deep learning, natural language recognition, voice interfaces, chatbots, speech translation, virtual personal assistants, computer vision, image recognition, facial recognition, emotion detection, smart robots, driverless cars and a whole lot more!
This is one technology that has the potential to impact every single person and business on the planet and it’s already being rolled out in applications ranging from chatbots to help with online banking, to cutting edge medical imagery analysis, to robots of every size and description. AI is behind the scenes working away in the background on sales and marketing campaigns, detecting fraud, analysing huge datasets, cutting down the time it takes to process contracts, and even predicting sporting outcomes.
But this is just the tip of the iceberg. As of this writing, all of these AI-based attributes tend to be deployed in very narrow tasked based functions, whereas in the future it’s very likely that we will be developing general AIs that have human level intellects and beyond. This is likely to take at least 20 years – and quite possibly significantly longer – but researchers around the world are working hard to achieve this goal. And once achieved, we’ll have reached an era of machine consciousness.
How is consciousness to be defined in a world of machines that reduce human experience to mathematical data, interpreted by stored “memories” and algorithms? How can we teach AIs about human ethics? Who is responsible for the actions of AIs? How should liability be determined for their mistakes? Can a legal system designed by humans keep pace with activities produced by an AI capable of outthinking and potentially outmanoeuvring them? Will our laws need to change to give robots and AIs similar rights to humans? Or, will we need to design in the equivalent of Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robots – and limit machines to be subservient to humans?
And, what happens when (if) we take AI-based chips and integrate them into our bodies for non-medical purposes? In the fast-paced world of AI development, you can count on futurist Shara Evans to provide your audience with cutting edge information that’s tailored to your industry.