Why Do We Need An A.I. Future?

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Are the benefits of artificial intelligence technology great enough to accept the possible risks? Exactly what are these risks and what are these great benefits? How will an A.I. future play out?

In this recent Ted-Talk, the current state of artificial intelligence development is discussed as well as achievements attributed to A.I.so far. Self-driving car research has been going on for over 20 years, largely with programmers using conventional software strategies such as development of huge rules based algorithms.

Sweden's entry into the self driving electric cart market

Sweden’s entry into the self driving electric cart market

Now with deep learning, the A.I. software goes through a series of learning steps where it establishes its own rules of the road. Given the level of development of this type of software, to the point where it resides on a chip set from companies like Nvidia, self-driving cars are almost here. At least as far as the technology is concerned.


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Regulatory and social issues still need to be understood and resolved of-course.

Well trained Dermatologists with over 10 years of experience in the field, command salaries like $ 400,000 U.S. per year. A successful practitioner owes their success to their ability to look at a skin blemish and recognize it as a cancer risk or not. Newly developed A.I. programs are being tested that have learned ( deep learning ),how to recognize a cancer risk from 185,000 different samples with their biopsied categorizations. As it look right now, these programs will be better than human doctors at diagnosing skin cancers.

IEEE picture of Robotic A.I. assisted surgery

IEEE picture of Robotic A.I. assisted surgery

Educator and entrepreneur Sebastian Thrun wants us to use AI to free humanity of repetitive work and unleash our creativity. In an inspiring, informative conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson, Thrun discusses the progress of deep learning, why we shouldn’t fear runaway AI and how society will be better off if dull, tedious work is done with the help of machines.

Only one percent of interesting things have been invented yet.

Thrun says.

I believe all of us are insanely creative … [AI] will empower us to turn creativity into action.

From my perspective here at Tek-THink.com, I see 3 risks that are coming from the technological step change into A.I. in the order they will appear. ( sorry just a prediction on my part…)

1- Cyber-security. A.I. programs are being used to enhance cyber security and being used to crack these fire walls. As we connect more and more devices to the internet so does the risk for hacking. Quantum computers will task this cyber-security war to new levels.

2- Jobs,jobsĀ  … jobs. We are talking about technology that if fully implemented would mean the loss of millions of real jobs such as taxi,bus,truck and train drivers, receptionists, factory workers, lawyers, accountants and doctors. What is everyone going to do for a living?

3- When computers become aware and decide they do not really like or need us……I’ll be back…


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