Artificial intelligence or AI for short is a mind-blowing computer advancement, a huge evolution in the computer era, in other words, the perfect computer software has for so long been viewed with both great acknowledgment and brutal criticism.
This article was written to be a beacon of insight to curb the confusion and inject proper knowledge into the grey area surrounding the understanding of artificial intelligence.
Let’s dive in.
What Exactly Is An Artificial Intelligence?
According to an article by Jake Frankenfield on artificial intelligence, artificial intelligence (AI) is the simulation of human intelligence in machines that are programmed to think like humans and mimic their actions. This article was uploaded by Investopedia, an authentic, informative online outlet. Now, to break it down for the layman.
Artificial intelligence is any software that has the ability to imitate and perform the reasoning capabilities of humans in order to perform a particular action or series of actions effectively. What makes an AI an AI is its ability to replicate human cognitive abilities such as learning, reasoning, and perception without any emotional interference whatsoever.
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How Does An AI Function?
It wouldn’t be in any way wrong to actually call an artificial intelligence a brain with a direct focus backed with the tremendous drive to achieve its goals. I call this a brain because just as the human brain is made up of billions of neurons interconnected by nodes that receive information through an input, process it, and apply it to achieve its goal (output), so does an artificial intelligence react to.
An AI works with what is called an Artificial Neural Network (ANN). An Artificial Neural Network is a web-like interconnection of thousands of artificial neurons and nodes which receive information through an input, analyses, process it, and apply it to result in an effective output. This ANN system is what constitutes the makeup of artificial intelligence.
It is important to note that an AI system would keep thinking and learning at an immense speed and perfection from any and all related data it can access till its goals are achieved efficiently. The reason for this is simple. An AI wouldn’t get tired, hungry, sleep, age, or be subjected to all the emotional and physical distractions that come along with being human.
Types Of Artificial Intelligence And How They Affect Us
Due to our current knowledge of artificial intelligence being quite limited, we can only generalize them based on our most recent AI inventions and the foresight of what we hope to achieve in the nearest future. For this reason, experts have provided just two categories for the placement of artificial intelligence, and futuristic anticipation of what we hope to achieve.
Weak or narrow AI
This is a form of artificial intelligence that has the ability to simulate just one or two human cognitive abilities and apply them in solving its specific goal. The type of goals assigned to this form of AI is all simple tasks only. This is the point at which our current breakthrough can comfortably place us for now. Therefore, one can say we currently find ourselves in a position where our current knowledge can permit us the creation of narrow AI.
A good example of such artificial intelligence includes the creation of self-driven cars which are assigned the goals of preventing collisions or in event of an unavoidable collision, step-down the collateral damage to the barest minimum. These cars receive information through inbuilt cameras and sensors, process the information received, and use this data to avoid obstructions. Thus, preventing collisions. It’s just like a human running with arms stretched out wide.
Strong or general AI
This form of artificial intelligence could perform just about anything, from finding the solution to global warming, unlocking the secrete behind the Einstein-Rosen bridge, permanently discovering a cure for cancer, and even finding a way to land man on the surface of the sun. In fact, the applications of such an AI would be actually limitless, it would keep learning and evolving in order to perform its goals, and in the process of achieving a truly complex goal, new benefits could be unlocked or formidable lessons learned.
This would include all artificial intelligence software with the ability to perform all of the human cognitive abilities, including the ability to learn and use that knowledge to achieve more complex and comprehensive goals geared towards human advancement, or a weapon for perfect battle utilization.
What Could Go Wrong?
Well, I would say a lot of that depends on us humans and our current understanding of AI safety. Yes, I said humans. Contrary to the widespread thought that artificial intelligence would suddenly feel that it should reign supreme thereby extinguishing its current competitors (humans), it is actually the goal we assign to it that depends on the way it would act, coupled with the way the instructions were written in its software encoding.
Therefore, it would literally do only what it is created to do, the only problem would be if our extinction is necessary for the goals we assigned it, and we didn’t foretell earlier enough to insert a clear code instruction preventing this, then I actually fear for our existence. This is the most likely scenario for us to eventually become a victim of our own creation. But in truth, the AI never grew emotions to go bad or want to rule the world like the ‘Terminator’ movie and other blockbusters based on this concept. It was just following orders and you happened to be a hindrance to this order, hence must be exterminated.
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