Artificial intelligence (AI) has been of great help to humanity. These days, it permeates almost every aspect of human life, making our lives easier. And yet, we're still not fully aware of its presence. Helping us in what exactly, you ask? You would be surprised to find that there is much more to it than meets the eye.
According to the 2017 Global Digital report about digital penetration, more than half of the world owns a smartphone, and almost two thirds of the world population owns a mobile phone. This roughly means that over 3.5 billion people use a device that partly works with artificial intelligence.
What do you think drives Google Maps’ suggestions of where to go? What do you think powers our beloved ‘personal assistant’ Siri? And though it may not be as well known, artificial intelligence algorithms are the ones responsible for activating the new iPhone X's one of a kind facial recognition system, also known as Face ID, its animated emojis, and its augmented reality apps.
Moreover, artificial intelligence machines are increasingly acquiring skills and attributes that were previously thought of as exclusively human. Tesla’s Autopilot, powered by artificial intelligence, managed to take an injured man to hospital. As Joshua Neally was suffering from the effects of a blood clot while driving home from work, his car went on Autopilot mode and helped him head to the hospital, saving his life.
Also, in January 2016, Alpha Go, a division of Google’s Deepmind, was trained to play Go, an extremely complex professional man-made game. Eventually, Alpha Go was able to master the game through training samples and then won four out of five rounds against the world champion, Lee Sedol.
As a matter of fact, the improvements that are being constantly made to AI are the reasons behind its slowly developing human attributes. AI may not be a human by definition, but it is increasingly acting like humans, talking included.
Another major breakthrough in AI was the granting of citizenship to a robot. A Hanson Robotics AI system named Sophia was the first to receive this honor in 2017 when it was granted the Saudi Arabia citizenship.
But what role will artificial intelligence play in the future?
AI has made its way into our everyday life, and in response, some are excited while others fear for the generations to come. Considering how much AI has achieved in such a short time, the question certainly seems worth asking: Should humans keep improving artificial intelligence, or should they start fearing it?