May 15, 2020

The potential and limits of Artificial Intelligence

In the AI era, how AI is going to advance to the next level of computation?
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From the beginning of mankind, humanity has always depended on one thing: Intelligence. If we were not intelligent, then we wouldn’t have the capacity to think for ourselves, to judge, to analyze, to be creative. Well, that is exactly how machines have been created. Machines are dependent on humans; they need a user.

Machines were thought and built on one premise: Be a tool to serve humanity. They are not independent, and their specific functions are built and programmed by humans. It is very clear that computers have made us more efficient. In our way to communicate through media, in our way to work, but mostly, in our way to analyze data. Today we need machines as much as machines need us, meaning that we without computers would be less developed, and computers without users would be useless.

That is about to change. Computers will become smarter by our intent to replicate our intelligence. We have not created computers with the intention to make them like ourselves, but to make a more developed society. Computers have developed through the years but not by themselves, but by the development of programming languages and needs of the world.

The potential of Artificial intelligence is to make computers independent from their users, and that comes with a lot of risks. As Elon Musk states:  ¨AI is more dangerous than nuclear weapons. ¨ Robots have been part of our imagination and part of a futuristic long-distance occurrence in time. But the time is coming at high speeds. Robots can be smarter than humans, but that depends on humans themselves. We have the key to their development; we are the ones who are programming them and developing them. It is the mission of developers to keep working in a way that makes sense and is aligned with the purpose of the creation of the machine.  

We know we are the most intelligent species in the world. But what we don´t know is how intelligent a machine can become by trying to replicate a human. And that is exactly what AI is. As long as AI is developed in a way that is adapted to our needs, then the potential will be channeled in a safe way.

Since the beginning of the first computer, machines have extended our capacities. We can remember things, but computers can save information on the precise bit. We store data in our brains, but not as computer memories can. We can find many comparisons between humans and machines. Because machines were built by humans. It’s our intent to make machines think the way we do that can be either brilliant or dangerous. The potential can be amazing, but it needs a limit to sustain it. Albert Einstein's nuclei discoveries gave birth to nuclear weapons.  

AI will be the next industrial revolution. The same way machines replaced the workforce in factories and in urban jobs, we can expect Robots or Thinking machines to replace jobs that today need a person, but tomorrow won´t. The same way we replaced customer service agents by bots, the same way we replaced physical tolls in highways by sensory stickers in our car window, we can definitely expect machines to advance in the near future to a degree where they will be independent. They will turn on and off automatically before and after completing their jobs to reduce electricity consumption and many more smart features that will make our world more efficient. 

AI is currently influencing many sectors, such as online searching, chatbots, shopping tips, online security, banking, and financial trading between others. It is well recommended for programmers to know or learn Java, Python, and have a strong foundation in C and C++ if one is interested in developing the next AI technologies. In the near future, one of the most interesting AI technology applications will be a programming bot. Where one can program a bot to program a certain language. Essentially teaching a programming language to a bot and giving it a certain command. This possibility can reduce mistakes when programming and can work for debugging too. As there will be fewer human mistakes, there will be better code at better time frames of development.

As we already know, self-driving cars are being developed and tested by many big companies such as Google, Tesla, between others. We can expect self-driving technology to be ready at the beginning of some cars, and in the near future for all cars. For a reason of time efficiency, if you can do something else while the car drives itself, you will surely do it. And if you see a big percentage of self-driving cars in the middle of the road, believe me… you will want one too… In the field of transportation, this technology already influences cars and will eventually be smarter and better drivers than humans. Meaning that there will be bikes, ships, and planes, also ready to adapt this technology.

In conclusion, we can see how AI is and will advance humanity to the next level of computation. Where computers will independently start to think and operate from their own learning and understanding. Nowadays, AI is being used for multiple fields and will expand even more in the next years. It started as a futuristic idea, but the technology is already beating human intelligence at playing games, at data analysis, and it learns from its own mistakes. Something that may sound a little bit funny, but we even humans sometimes make the same mistakes again and again! In programming and in life! If developed with the consciousness of the tremendous power AI has, it can lead to better improvement of society in the workspace, and in several things, we can’t even imagine yet… As we prepare for the next technological revolution, we might as well be ready for computers being able to program based on simple commands. Meaning that the developer will be able to tell the machine to program something instead of manually doing it.

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Lucas Bonder
Technical Writer
Lucas is an Entrepreneur, Web Developer, and Article Writer about Technology

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