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I got a cab to my office today, there was pin-drop silence as the driver was busy driving and I was as usual scrolling down my Social Media Newsfeed. The only thing which was breaking the silence was the Google Map Assistant, “Turn left after 200 meters on Vikas Marg”, “Drive straight for 1 km on Swami Vivekanand Marg.” At one point her words irritated me but then slowly I realized that this is something which has helped people a lot. AI has been involved in our daily life, from SIRI to BIXBY they are peeping through our lives and understanding our world better, the way we haven’t.
Many of you would have seen Avengers: Age of Ultron, where computer software goes wrong and develops its own language and motive. It then goes on a mission to kill the Avengers and uses the internet as a way to elope. This character shows us the negative side of AI. But then you shift to Ironman where you see Tony Stark’s personal assistant Jarvis cleaning all his stuff. You wish if you too could have a Jarvis for your daily chores.
But these are the only prototype, not the actual AI.
Some people call it the next big thing, some call it just other technology revolution, and others call it the future of jobs. Many people many revelations but what actually it is?
AI: Artificial Intelligence is a computer generated program which works by perceiving information from the environment and takes action to complete the task. This is done without any help from the human. The job of human is to feed the knowledge or information in the software at first and afterward it retrieves the same on its own and all of this happens at lightning speed. A set of coded programs are designed to run neural networks with millions of units and billions of connections. Intelligence emerges out of the interaction between this large numbers of simple elements. It helps you with the upcoming traffic if you are driving back home from work. One of my friend’s location used to show near the West side of Delhi, one day he was traveling to the southern side and during his way back home his phone showed a notification of the upcoming traffic near his residence. What AI did here was tracked the location of his place and retrieved the data to help him take a different route. Here AI is a major advantage but on the other hand, again it is peeping through our activities.
It is not like magic or some wizardry thing, but what we have seen till date seems like a magical world. From Elon Musk’s self-driving cars to Google tracking your activities online, all is a part of it. Recently two iconic billionaires were on a spat when they had different views on AI. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was on his way to developing a JARVIS like thing, they were doing there research but soon they had to shut down their project as the AI started developing its own language. (Sounds, creepy right) This was pinched by the modern day great Elon Musk’s tweet on Zuckerberg’s live video which had him answering questions related to AI. Musk tweeted: “I’ve talked to Mark about this. His understanding of the subject is limited.” What followed was a series of memes jokes and Team Mark vs Team Elon fight.
The spat has nothing to do with the intellectual greatness they both possess. Mark points to AI’s benefit as of how it may improve our lives and change our future whereas Tesla CEO points it as a threat to the human race. They both can be right at their own place as they are the ones involved rigorously on these projects for quite a long time and we are no one or we stand nowhere to judge them.
One thing is for sure that AI is going to bring major shifts in the society through developments in jobs and human resource department it will help to increase productivity, better results and multi-tasking, self-driving cars, medical facilities, better medical diagnosis, in disaster management system to track natural threats and make prior arrangements and especially in the field of defense it will also be the stem to many innovative apps and services of tomorrow if handled properly and remained in good hands. But for many, it still remains a mystery.