How Artificial Intelligence Will Impact Your Life

Impact of the newest technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI), is already seen self-driving cars and Apple’s Siri. For the layman, artificial intelligence is a robot that walks and talks. Yes, that is true to some extent but that’s not the complete picture. There is more than a walking dog or self-opening doors to AI.

Growth and Safety of AI

By 2030, AI is expected to contribute up to $15.7 trillion to the global economy. So, will we all lose our jobs? What type of AI systems will we need in the house? These are the questions that scientists and engineers are trying to answer. All the leaders in the industry including Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, and Stephen Hawking have already expressed their concern about the use of AI for destructive purposes.

Some scientists claim that AI will become more intelligent than humans. Opinions on this are varied, however, there is no debating that dependence on AI is growing. When you order your Uber through Siri you use AI. Financial companies use AI to detect fraud. Since they can store enormous amounts of data, AI will help analyze and solve climate problems by suggesting the best solutions. On the domestic front, the emphasis is on developing smart homes in the hope of improving the household by augmenting the facilities we have now.

How Artificial Intelligence is used today?

If you work in retail or e-commerce, then you will most likely have an AI system which notifies you when it is time to order stock and compare suppliers for you. Search engines are a prime example of how AI is used today, robots are able to browse through millions of websites every day to index and rank pages based on their content. This is what we have come to know as Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

In finance, think of all the man-hours needed to sift through millions of transaction every day. Artificial intelligence systems can do it in minutes or even seconds. Another example is the autopilot used in a plane.

Will the robots control us in the future?

AI robots vs humans
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It is unlikely, say the experts. The robot will not be able to outthink us as it needs inputs from us. We can always set a limit for the learning in the robots and use an automatic shut-down mechanism to close their operations when they exceed this limit.

Testing needed to ensure safety

It is important to keep safety in mind when dealing with AI because it’s a developing field. There is an imperative need to maintain control over the way AI helps us. For this, we need to do extensive tests and only after the models pass the simulation tests, we can think about using AI on a personal level. The reason is that such AI robots will not have any human intervention. So, one has to be sure that the safety of the personnel involved and the machines are not affected.

Designing smarter AI systems involves cognitive thinking. We can program machines to do cognitive thinking using machine learning but they cannot exhibit love or any other kind of emotion.

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