The Future of Artificial Intelligence
University of Windsor
Word Count: 3,218
April 12th, 2019
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a multidisciplinary field of technology transforming the nature of activities presently exercised through human intelligence. Recent successes of AI include topics which surpass ideas of small home devices and extends into developments of high performing robots and security diagnostics and is in many ways connected to other enhancements in human kind. For example, employment, economy, communication, warfare, privacy, security, ethics, healthcare etc. However, we are yet to see how this will evolve in the long-term. New technology is always something to be embraced as most AI developments are designed to maximize the worlds way of life. On the other hand, there are presented situations of protesting against the government in the context of unemployment, taxes, privacy, security etc. As AI development is vastly advancing, human labour is put into jeopardy as more robots and autonomous systems are becoming replacements. Extending these ideas about AI intelligence, it can be used to both mitigate risk and add to risks that must be managed. Throughout this essay, what will be sought out to uncover is the major domains in which human life is significantly affected by AI, and how to go about understanding how AI technologies are being applied in occupations of everyday life.
It is important to first define Artificial Intelligence in order to understand its role in technology and world advancement. According to the definition provided by Oxford Dictionaries, Artificial Intelligence is “the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making […]”(n.d.). Ideally, truly intelligent AI technology is designed to mimic human-like behaviours; learning, planning, reasoning and processing.
Many people such as Eric Schmidt, Google executive chairman, propose that humans will adapt to AI autonomous technology and benefit from it in the same way they adapted to the industrial revolution (IEEE Spectrum, 2016). Evidently, this suggests that AI could play major roles in solving problems around climate changes, disease diagnostics and micro-economics in hopes of its intelligence being applied to a variety of situations. As a tool meant to help revolutionize the way humans live, work and interact with each other, it is still unclear whether these intelligent technology agents will help or only make the worlds complex problems (poverty, climate changes) worse. What should also be kept in mind is the state at which AI in some cases is used for today; recognizing images and playing games requiring high levels of human intelligence. For instance, Alpha Go, a general-purpose AI created by Googles Deep Mind Division, beat a human in the world’s hardest...