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If youre like me, you used to think Artificial Intelligence was a silly sci-fi concept, but lately

youve been hearing it mentioned by serious people, and you dont really quite get it.
There are three reasons a lot of people are confused about the term AI:
1) We associate AI with movies. Star Wars. Terminator. 2001: A Space Odyssey. Even the
Jetsons. And those are fiction, as are the robot characters. So it makes AI sound a little fictional
to us.
2) AI is a broad topic. It ranges from your phones calculator to self-driving cars to something
in the future that might change the world dramatically. AI refers to all of these things, which is
3) We use AI all the time in our daily lives, but we often dont realize its AI. John
McCarthy, who coined the term Artificial Intelligence in 1956, complained that as soon as it
works, no one calls it AI anymore.4 Because of this phenomenon, AI often sounds like a
mythical future prediction more than a reality. At the same time, it makes it sound like a pop
concept from the past that never came to fruition. Ray Kurzweil says he hears people say that
AI withered in the 1980s, which he compares to insisting that the Internet died in the dot-com
bust of the early 2000s.

So lets clear things up. First, stop thinking of robots. A robot is a container for AI, sometimes
mimicking the human form, sometimes notbut the AI itself is the computer inside the robot.
AI is the brain, and the robot is its bodyif it even has a body. For example, the software and
data behind Siri is AI, the womans voice we hear is a personification of that AI, and theres no
robot involved at all.

But while ANI(Artificial Narrow Intelligence) doesnt have the capability to cause
an existential threat, we should see this increasingly large and complex ecosystem of relativelyharmless ANI as a precursor of the world-altering hurricane thats on the way

Cars are full of ANI systems, from the computer that figures out when the anti-lock
brakes should kick in to the computer that tunes the parameters of the fuel injection
systems. Googles self-driving car, which is being tested now, will contain robust ANI
systems that allow it to perceive and react to the world around it.

Your phone is a little ANI factory. When you navigate using your map app, receive tailored
music recommendations from Pandora, check tomorrows weather, talk to Siri, or dozens
of other everyday activities, youre using ANI.

You know the whole creepy thing that goes on when you search for a product on Amazon
and then you see that as a recommended for you product on a different site, or when
Facebook somehow knows who it makes sense for you to add as a friend? Thats a
network of ANI systems, working together to inform each other about who you are and
what you like and then using that information to decide what to show you. Same goes for

Amazons People who bought this also bought thingthats an ANI system whose job
it is to gather info from the behavior of millions of customers and synthesize that info to
cleverly upsell you so youll buy more things.

The worlds best Checkers, Chess, Scrabble, Backgammon, and Othello players are now
all ANI systems.

Google search is one large ANI brain with incredibly sophisticated methods for ranking
pages and figuring out what to show you in particular. Same goes for Facebooks

I think that people who are worried about robots taking over the world should go to a robotics
conference and watch these things try to walk. They fall over, bump into walls and end up with
their legs thrashing or wheels spinning in the air. Robots are more helpless than threatening.
They are really quite sweet.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has often been popularly envisaged in super-smart humanoid robot
form. In fact, it's more commonly implemented as behind-the-scenes algorithms that can
process 'big' data to accomplish a range of relatively mundane tasks far more efficiently than
humans can.
Few of us, yet, interact with bipedal robots or take a ride in a driverless car, but our daily lives
are increasingly affected by AI systems that can recognise speech or images, or analyse
patterns of online behaviour (to detect credit card fraud or serve up appropriate adverts, for
Despite that, the problems associated with artificial intelligence directing traffic pale in
comparison to the fears associated with AI being in charge of things like weapons. In fact, both
Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking are among the scores of experts calling for a ban on any
artificially intelligent weapons or weapon control systems, which would be able to attack
targets without any direction from humans.
Violence isn't the only threat posed by artificial intelligence. There are a number of other ways
that AI could be threatening to a person. For example, there are countless ways AI could
infringe on a person's privacy. Facebook's facial recognition system is just one example of that.
The system is able to recognize an individual in photos, and that informs Facebook's tagging
recommendations. However, the system also learns as it goes, and is even nowable to
recognize a person through other traits, such as how they stand or the clothes that they wear. If
this kind of technology is implemented into things like security systems, it could be a privacy
minefield. In fact, almost unsurprisingly, it seems as though the NSA has already been
developing some kind of recognition system.
"We already have access to a lot of AI through our computers and mobile devices. Image
classification, question answering, natural language processing all of this is done already and
in many ways is very impressive. The difference between the digital assistants of today and
those of tomorrow is that the latter won't be as frustrating," continued Maier. "Further along, AIs

will be used in jobs that today require human beings. Autonomous cars is a ready example, but
I imagine that machines will become better and better at an ever-widening set of tasks."
Assuming that artificial intelligence is some kind of threat to humans, it's important to think
about how long it will be before there is any real threat at the rate of development that is
taking place. According to Aguirre, experts suggest that we are decades away from any superintelligent AI that is an imminent threat. That does not mean, however, that it should be
ignored until then. The idea is that it is something that needs to be monitored and dealt with as
it is developed rather than when it is too late.
The promise of an easier, less stressful, convenient life, golas of AI are Or can be beneficial to
society, outperform humans at simple monotonous tasks
A useful growing and interesting field of computer science, future innovations will make life
It has been predicted that by around 2050 half the work force will be made up of AIs.
Predictions have been made there will be an increase in AIs as a common house hold tools
used for: caring for the elderly, maintaining the neatness of the house, helping with social
Siri iPones guide.
Improve safety in work environments, perform dangerous tasks