ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE; ARE THE ROBOTS HERE?

When you hear the word artificial intelligence, what comes to mind? I bet for most people it still sounds and feels unnatural. The idea that the robots are coming and they might take over if we don’t send them off and on time too. It’s no longer news that we interact with AI in different aspects of our lives daily but that fact should not be weird to us because our phones have become our best buddies.

Organizations now run very interactive ads on Facebook, Instagram and the likes. It’s also easier to find places via Google map today. YouTube suggests videos based on our viewing and live videos for events are now a thing. Many of us use technology as a makeshift solution to a big problem. The truth is that technology is only useful to humans. It is the usefulness of technology to human life that makes technology a personal experience for engaging people in unique ways.

AI is not magic, it is just a tool. A very important tool. It has become a daily fact of our lives, an invention that poses complex, enduring questions for practical life, personhood, and the common good. Artificial intelligence has become increasingly used by social media sites for advertisers to personalize the experiences we are having in that digital ecosystem. The idea of self-driving cars is no longer news in the technology scene. We’re already seeing the beginnings of self-driving cars, though the vehicles are currently required to have a driver present at the wheel for safety. Robots are already taking over some of the most hazardous jobs available, including bomb defusing. These robots aren’t quite robots yet, according to the BBC. They are technically drones, being used as the physical counterpart for defusing bombs, but requiring a human to control them, rather than using AI. Whatever their classification, they have saved thousands of lives by taking over one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. As an organization we can use the data we already have and personalize it to make a more useful and powerful community which is the core of the human interaction today. Togetherness is our strongest tool and AI can help us achieve that. This is why big data, deep analytics, and artificial intelligence should matter to us. Not because we are trying to increase sales, clicks, or popularity. But because we are competing for people’s attention every minute. If we are pushing content and information that is not relevant or personal to their experiences they will lack the feeling of connection to our community; the core of being a part of humanity.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been changing our lives for decades, but never has AI felt more ubiquitous than now. But how the future of AI will pan out for human race remains unknown. AI could either make all our dreams come true, or destroy society and the world as we know it. This raises philosophical arguments about the nature of the mind and the ethics of creating artificial beings endowed with human-like intelligence, issues which have been explored by myth, fiction and philosophy for a very long time. Some people also consider AI a danger to humanity if it progresses unabatedly. Stephen Hawking a renowned theoretical physicist believes AI could be mankind’s last accomplishment. To workers who have seen robots take their jobs, AI is a societal risk. A risk society will have to adapt to in the nearest future. How we will adapt is not fully clear to many.

   Although we don’t know the exact future, it is quite evident that interacting with AI will soon become an everyday activity. Beyond all of these, there are even more ways that AI technology can influence our future and this very fact has professionals across multiple industries extremely excited for the ever-evolving future of artificial intelligence.

ARTICLE WRITTEN BY RICHARD ELEOGU FOR HECKERBELLA LTD.

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