Are you a digital native? The answer is a definite “Yes” as we call out Siri and Alexa to respond to our instructions. Artificial Intelligence is the ability for computers to do things that are considered attributes of intelligence: processing language, understanding pictures, detecting patterns, etc.
Interestingly, many movies and TV shows have featured predictions as to what A.I. might look like in the future. One such place is the Blockbuster franchise, Star Wars. In addition, in the Marvel Universe, most of the depictions of A.I. originate as digital assistant to either hero or villain. It’s something we can relate to today, now that Siri, Cortana, Alexa, and other virtual assistants.
Did you know this about Artificial Intelligence?
IBM has created a supercomputer based on AI, called Watson. Currently, Watson is not only applied in various industries but was recently successful in teaching people how to cook.
Sony created a robotic dog called Aibo, one of its first toys that could be played with. It could express emotions and could also recognize its owner.
At the rate at which Artificial Intelligence is being adopted in various areas of our lives, it is predicted that it will replace 16% of our jobs over the next decade and close to three million workers will be reporting to or will be supervised by “Robot-bosses”.
AI powered pets exist who remove the downsides of having a pet e.g. cleaning up. These pets would become widely available by 2025.
AI has the ability to learn, meaning its intelligence is increasing (in 2013 AI was about the same intelligence as a 4-year-old). It is thought that by 2029 AI will have the same intelligence level as adult humans.
Humans can develop romantic relationships with AI. A university student, David Levy, believes that by 2050 marriages between humans and robots will be made legal.
AI has the ability to write. There has already been a robot who wrote an article on an earthquake in California on the Los Angeles Times Website which was brought together by the robot collecting data from a seismograph.
Kismet, a robot can recognise emotions through human body language and the tone of voice.
Q1. What is Artificial Intelligence?
a) Putting your intelligence into computer
b) Programming with your own language
c) Making a machine intelligent
d) Putting more memory into a computer
Q2. Programming a robot by physically moving it through the trajectory you want it to follow is called:
a) contact sensing control
robot vision control
None of the above
Q3. Who is the father of AI?
a) John McCarthy
b) Fisher Ada
c) Allen Newell
d) Alan Turning
Q4. How can AI help farming?
a) Real time detection of the land condition, weather predictions by apps
b) AI cannot help farming and other heavy industries
c) Convince more people to join the farming industry
d) Yielding more crops
— Inputs courtesy Dr. Jyotika Pruthi, Design Thinker & Computer Scientist,
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