Technology is moving forward with or without you. With cars that call the police automatically after a car accident, or the Google Home accessory that allows you to control your lights and music with your voice, and even the virtual assistant in most of today’s smartphones, artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming more of a part of everyday life, day-by-day. These recent breakthroughs in science and technology have led to an explosion in the AI market.
These technologies use a machine-based learning algorithm, which means: to provide computer systems and programs with the ability to automatically learn and improve their experiences without being explicitly programmed. So in other words, the technology learns for itself rather than having a human programmer program the computer to do a specific task. These machine learning technologies are amazing for the economy; there’s so much potential, and in recent years, investors have really been noticing. Just recently, Nvidia, arguably one of the leading companies in AI, saw a two-fold increase in their stock share price in 2017, according to NASDAQ.
Some individuals may ask though, “How much potential for these robots, is acceptable? Is there a way that these artificial intelligence machines will someday surpass humans in terms of intelligence?” The correct answer to this is, yes. Some AI machines have already surpassed the level of average human intelligence. So the real question is: are these machines good or bad for humans in the long run?
Individuals have argued either way. Some think that these machines are not-so-good, they should process emotion and experience the world as humans do, to become less hostile. But, it is beyond difficult to replicate that in a machine. Some people believe that if the machines are smarter than us, they will always be here to help us, and we will not have to worry about a full-scale robot invasion. If we programmed them, we could also shut them down if it came down to it.
Ultimately, it is up to the reader to form their opinion on that issue. But really, who knows where the future is taking us next?