Artificial Intelligence has been a science fiction matter since Karel Čapek, a Czech playwright, released his science fiction play “Rossum's Universal Robots” in 1921. That has just changed and it will impact you more than you think. A decade of artificial intelligence research is under way at universities all over the world. Many are using AI to automate and improve human jobs. Other are simply looking into the power the machines can provide us. It is hard to determine which direction is right, but one thing is for certain: AI technologies are making some big changes in everything from healthcare to travel - even to the moon !!
Still the concept of Artificial Intelligence is a concept that is considered beyond most people's reach and unintelligible for the masses. It has been a great kept secret which neither mass media nor the schools supposed to disseminate knowledge can help people understand. But when you realize that there is Artificial Intelligence building and selling products in the real world, you should stop a wonder where do I find more information about this? This concept of Artificial Intelligence is already being used successfully by many technology companies. It already is helping businesses like Google search and Twitter improve their productivity by using AI. And now companies like Uber, Google, Apple, Intel and hundreds more are using AI and also creating tools like Baidu (Baidu's internet of things), Google Sheets (GOOG), Slack, and thousands more to build and market their products. This has created a huge market of people to use AI as a part of their everyday work.
The algorithm Dabus A.I. creators have filled for patents in 3 different countries on the name of the Algorithm claiming it is solely responsible for the creations designed by it (him or her?). One is a food container based on fractal designs and the other one a lamp designed to mimic patterns of the neural activity that accompany the formation of ideas....
Today we already see A.I. writing articles & books, creating art and making people look older on some image capturing software yet product creation and patenting request is a first !!
With that we have a lot of points for discussion, but the most important one is whether you are truly ready to even grasp the implications?
Most people think of A.I. as something intangible that does not really exist. The term Artificial Intelligence comes from the so called Darthmount Conference, which in 1956 define that any computer system that does something that resembles human intelligence should be considered artificial intelligence.
"An attempt will be made to find how to make machines use language, form abstractions and concepts, solve kinds of problems now reserved for humans, and improve themselves. We think that a significant advance can be made in one or more of these problems if a carefully selected group of scientists work on it together for a summer"
A.I. demands a lot of math knowledge and computational power. The main issue is that since most people do not understand how A.I. is created and they do not consider the importance of the more advanced math concepts leading in there, they become illiterate and subject to the powers of A.I. not capable to determine whether the conditions set for the A.I. to work are the ones supposed to be in place for the problem that A.I. is intended to solve.
And while the math concepts are considered to be advanced based on what we all learn in school, in the world of A.I. they are relatively simple and evolving very quickly. So for the first time in history a machine (for now by its creators) is claiming creative rights over something it has thought(?).
So technology is evolving faster than our ability to learn the advanced concepts needed to understand and control those concepts. I have personally jumped on an A.I. course a year ago just to learn that I was not able to understand the basic concepts thought in there. Then I looked for more and more basic stuff and ended in a computer language called Python.
The last time I touched a computer language book was in 1990 and it was Basic. Many things have happened ever since and I can see that even the simplest of the concepts we were playing now were light years ahead of anything computer related I played with in the last 30 years since I "learned" to program. Considering myself quite advanced in all things computer, technology and innovation this was quite a wake up call.
Our ability to learn today has improved considerably - we have all sorts of tools available for free - but we are not able to grasp what will impact us until we have tried to look under the hood and realize that engine is not what we thought it should be. Still we are not moving fast enough to capture the concepts we need to be able to make a living 30 years from now. No matter how old you think you are, chances are we will have a lot of people living today still alive 30 years from now and we need to accelerate how much we learn about the technology today that will design the technology tomorrow.
A few resources that can help you accelerate your learning:
Learning how to Learn: https://www.coursera.org/learn/learning-how-to-learn
Introduction to A.I.: https://www.coursera.org/learn/introduction-to-ai
A beginner's guide to artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cognitive computing: http://www.axiante.com/pages/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/cc-beginner-guide-machine-learning-ai-cognitive.pdf
Talking Machines: http://www.thetalkingmachines.com/
Talk to Transformer: https://talktotransformer.com/
The future is a bright only if you accelerate how you learn and devote yourself to catch up with what is happening on the A.I. front, what are the resources you have to learn and how you capture the knowledge that will together with your imagination shape your future !!