I remember watching Ghost in the Shell not so long ago and one question popped in my mind after that: How much human is human? If your body is made up of 90% plastic or metal but you still have the human mind, can you still be considered one? Will there be a time when we cannot tell the difference anymore? Let's get in a short discussion about AI technology!
There are lots of buzz about the AI technology; some says it can help our productivity and make our lives better. Some says that there can be some major concerns once we have innovated this branch of science.
We have seen them in the movies and had a glimpse of what the future of AI can hold. But first, what is artificial intelligence?
Artificial intelligence (AI) is an area of computer science that emphasizes the creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans. Some of the activities computers with artificial intelligence are designed for include:
Problem solvingSource: Artificial Intelligence Definition via techopedia.com
AI is a branch of science which goal is to create intelligent machines. The core concerns of artificial intelligence include: Knowledge, Reasoning, Problem solving, Perception, Learning, Planning, and the ability to manipulate and move objects.
A core part of AI research is knowledge engineering. Machines can act and react as human beings if they have abundant world or human-related information. In order to implement knowledge engineering, artificial intelligence must have access to objects, categories, properties and relationships between all of them. It is a difficult and tedious task to initiate common sense, reasoning and problem-solving power in machines.
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Machine learning is a key part of AI as well. People sometimes use this term for the AI word itself. Machine Learning without supervision of anything requires the ability to identify patterns in input streams, while learning with adequate supervision requires classification and numerical regression. To put it simply, machine learning is an AI application that give systems the ability to learn and improve automatically from experience without explicit programming. Machine learning focuses on computer programs that can access data and use it to learn on their own.
Some machine learning methods are:
Supervised machine learning algorithms can use labeled examples to predict future events to apply what has been learned in the past to new data.
Uncontrolled machine learning algorithms are used when training information is neither classified nor labeled. algorithms are used when training information is neither classified nor labeled.
Semi-supervised machine learning algorithms is in between supervised and unsupervised learning, they both use labeled and unlabeled data for training
Reinforcement machine learning algorithms is a method that interacts with its environment by producing actions and discovers errors or rewards.
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There are more technicalities about artificial intelligence aside from what I have mentioned above. It took our great engineers and developers years to develop this branch of science and it can probably take them more to perfect this. I can personally say we have gotten quite far into this, let's take a look at this clip:
Oh how far we've gone in terms of innovation. We even have AI now..Sophia is even programmed to have feelings and preferences. Although she is not that smart to what we all expect right now, with her answers and facial expressions, we can all say that we are getting there. I have mixed feelings about artificial intelligence though. I love innovations that can help humans with their daily lives but I am sure people will continue innovating AIs until we reach the point of they can work and decide on their own (as that is really the goal from the beginning). What are we gonna do if these robots start deviating from us? What if they manipulate us instead us manipulating them? Such things. Which can actually happen in the near future if we all look at it.
Image credits: AI the Endless Possibilities via towardsdatascience.com
Our mad scientists can be pretty mad and might develop some robots that cannot be distinguishable as robots because they look all human inside out in the future..or maybe not. No one really knows. It is just endless possibilities for both yes and no right now. I just hope that we don't get to the point where we don't know who is human and what is robot in the place we live in anymore. We can all look deeper into this by studying more about it. Being knowledgeable in something is always an advantage.