Artificial Intelligence (AI)

The Idea of AI becoming stronger than us could come sooner than we think

This isn’t a topic that is relatively new. It’s been discussed for ages. A point where people fear the rise of AI and the point it will take over humanity. Humanity is obsessed with itself, with advancing itself and making things easier for themselves. But all this sometimes becomes unnecessary, and people can grow to the point where they lose a sense of the basics and forget the things that really matter, and thus turns into a loss of connection with nature. So many people argue that this development is not a way of making things easier for life, but rather a distraction to make people sluggish.
Technology has come to a point where activities require people to sit for long periods of time, which will have long term negative effects on a person’s health. And now people have come to a position where they no longer need to leave their house to get anything they need. With these home devices and smart speakers, no one knows who could be listening to them in their own homes.

Fewer people that are “awake”

Elon Musk, a well-known billionaire, entrepreneur, and investor has been one of the biggest voices on this pending situation. He himself knows of the troubles that are to face humanity should this technology progress to a point it can teach itself. In a recent article, he is noted to call AI “more dangerous than nukes”.
Those that only see from a business perspective and see AI development as innovation have said that Musk’s ideas are less than ridiculous. It’s the flaw in the individuals that ignore the signs all around a society that are led to a downfall sooner than later. Musk stated “They (those that are for AI improvement) think they know more than they do, and think they are smarter than they actually are. This tends to plague smart people.”
Musk’s statements are ones that are beginning to make people think. With an artificial intelligence that has a type 2 or 3 AI, where it has the capability to understand human emotion and retain knowledge and memory, people have put more of these machines in situations where they are able to learn more by themselves. This results in what Musk says will be a point humans can no longer manage AI in a safe way.

Being Unaware and Reckless

So many companies involved in this “AI movement” only seem to be invested in profits and a means to stay in the public eye. A simple malfunction is nothing compared to the other success they’ve had and profit that comes with it. In another recent article from the Forbes, it details how various businesses have launched projects and machines without builders and company heads knowing the risks involved. Another company manufacturing light detection sensors had an unsuccessful product as a truck using them failed to switch on, and thus killed an innocent bystander. Their response was less than sympathetic or concerned.
This type of behavior and recklessness will be the start of a demoralized ideas in technology, with the public put in harm’s way.

By igu on April 5, 2019 | Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Self driving cars: Is it revolutionary or destruction on wheels?

Society in the 21st century hasn’t quite made it to flying cars, but for the time being it’s managed to produce self-driving cars. A path which some would say is the start to flying cars and greater opportunities. But with this innovation that has been envisioned for generations, there are great benefits but also terrible destructions that could follow. The ideas are further reaching than alleviation of stress when not driving, and much more dangerous than a simple car crash when comparing the good to the bad.

Downsides and Benefits

So many have heard the disappointing discussions of machines taking people’s jobs. Things such as a self-checkout machine at a store replacing a cashier. A self-driving car is no different in this case. Assume that these new machines are used as a taxi service, which is another person’s source of income depleted. But looking even further into the technology aspect of things, when a person takes this taxi service a number of questions can run through their minds.
They may wonder if it’s safe, or could there be an accident with others on the road not using these self-driving machines. And these questions are reasonable enough, seeing as any AI has the ability to malfunction or even be hacked.
It’s been evident that in earlier years of this technology’s, specifically when the first automobiles came onto the scene, it’s led the destruction and harm to the surrounding area and bystanders.
But while these assumptions, ideas, and beliefs are possible, that won’t stop engineers from pushing for what is considered innovation on the roads. Many people have been in a situation where driving can be a bit of a hassle and stressful, to say the least.
Not everyone is the best or responsible driver on the roads and there’s a good chance people’s lives are at risk. With a self-driving car, however, it is entirely possible if made with least chances of malfunctions that these cars can reduce road deaths.
More than individual benefits, self-driving cars will help the environment on a greater level. With the talk of pollution and global warming, these cars are also intended to be electric and energy efficient. They’ll come with smart routing systems allowing for spacing between vehicles to decrease traffic, and in addition, one idea is that during long commutes, individuals will be able to work or even rest to focus on one task. A driverless vehicle taxi system can encourage less fortunate or less paid individuals to use the cars to make for easier, safer, and comfortable means of travel.
When it comes to accidents that are sure to happen regardless if there is a driver or not, these self-driving cars are to come equipped with cameras to catch exactly what happened. In the event a crime happens to take place nearby, or involving the passenger, police and investigators will be able to have a clear picture of the situation.
The time is fast approaching, and these new revolutionary cars are said to be coming out soon. Only public opinion will determine if they prove useful or useless.

By igu on March 11, 2019 | Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Greater Knowledge and Machine Learning

The time is fast approaching where the late years and highly developed technology we see in science fiction movies are coming to life. But contrary to belief, the highly advanced type of AI people were once expecting is still taking some time to achieve. There are even some misunderstandings of what machines and robots are capable of and what they will be able to do in the future.
There are a number of variations in AI. However, a topic and category known simply as “ML” or Machine Learning is a part of that but stated to be quite different. In a simple explanation, artificial intelligence itself and the type of artificial intelligence has a different meaning from “Machine Learning”. Machine Learning is simply the level in which artificial intelligence is advanced and able to carry out tasks.

Types of AI (Artificial Intelligence)

Artificial Intelligence can and has been summed up into simple categories to describe a robot, computer, and overall machine’s ability with types spanning from 1 to 4.
AI type 1 is the “Narrow AI” where much like a simple computer or when computers first emerged in society, their job was to carry out task given to them with a simple set of premade rules and orders to create a result.
Type two is a simple step up, giving AI the ability to now archive information and form memory to better construct results.
Type three AI is a highly advanced AI in which machines can retain knowledge and hold memory, but with that, they are able to comprehend human emotion and behave more like a human would overall.
Finally, Type four AI is the most extreme form. It involves robots not only understanding emotion and reacting accordingly, but they are also equipped with tools to understand their own existence and awareness of the environment around them.
With this in mind, ML (Machine learning) is ongoing to help expand on every AI type and AI in general. By taking all the types of AI, some have taken them and put them into even smaller categories and listed it as “Applied AI” and “Generalized AI”. Generalized AI is the more advanced type of artificial intelligence such as type 3 and type 4, where robots seem and behave more like humans. This is the behavior that engineers and scientist strive to, and thus influences machine learning.

Progression of Machine Learning

When development on computers was still in progress, Type 1 of AI was first introduced otherwise known as “applied AI”. With this, everything was put inside the computer to carry out tasks for individuals using it. Of course, like any new technology, it takes a lot of work, and new computers were no different. Because of this difficulty, developers soon came up with the early development of machine learning as well. This would enable the computers to learn for itself rather than everything being preprogrammed into the machine. Since its progression, it has proved useful not only for creators but other individuals as well.
When the internet came out, this allowed for even more information to be stored in the computer and vast knowledge to be spread worldwide.
As time has progressed, many believe that this idea of machine learning is endless. And in a way it is. Already, machine learning has led to the development of widespread home devices like “Amazon Echo” and “Google Home”. Of course, they were programmed to respond and react to commands, but with their connection to the internet and other’s requests and questions uploaded to a cloud, these devices have been able to form memory and archive of patterns to help better retain knowledge.

By igu on February 16, 2019 | Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Types of AI 

As the world continues to progress, it has seemed unavoidable that technology becomes an increasing part of day to day life. While many see this as great importance and convenience, others argue it could be the downfall of humanity. However, it depends on how far people are willing to allow AI to go. When thinking of technology in the future, many people imagine the usual flying cars and self-functioning robots.
But there is a difference put into specific categories that many people aren’t aware of. There are a number of variations of AI that individuals who are interested in the subject have created. Some have made broad categories for types, and others have made detailed scales describing the types of AI seen in the present day or in science fiction movies, television shows, or books.

ONE

To begin, the most basic form of artificial intelligence happens to be like the beginning stages of technology itself. The type of technology most assume is “Purely Reactive” otherwise known as “Type 1” or even “Narrow AI”. This type of knowledge within AI is similar to a computer or the type of computers that were first built.
An AI that had limited understanding or awareness and was programmed only to carry out what the user instructs it to do. Of course many computers today are still like this, whether individuals use it for coding or programming, the machine has been made with a set of rules and scenarios to produce a result for every possible command the user has.
This limited knowledge is what leads many to categorize other simple machines as “purely reactive”. A machine that specializes in specific requests and commands.

TWO

In today’s society, this type of AI is becoming more common. What so many consider to be a great convenience to carry out tasks and needs with little effort are the machines like “Amazon Echo” or “Google Home.” They are devices that have abilities to understand and respond to request on a greater scale. Contrary to “narrow AI” (simply having programmed knowledge to respond to possible results of the user) machines today with a “Type 2” AI, receive knowledge and continue to gather it from representations of the world or other’s questions or commands.
This gathering of information allows for an archive of memory that understands patterns. Therefore, with a little more free room to move, machines like this are also able to make fewer mistakes and respond accordingly.

THREE

The third type of AI is the type of artificial intelligence people typically find in movies, television, and books. Usually, they are robots and machines that are considered past modern time and resources. These are the machines that most think are “cool” as they are able to act and behave so much like a real human, but still keeping in mind that they are robots.
This “Type 3” AI thinks on a bigger plane than type 1 or type 2 combined. With the ability to execute commands like type 1 but also retain knowledge like type 2, type three allows machines to react and understand human emotions. It is this level of ability that many will find characters in movies becoming attached to. At the same time, many might find this level of intelligence to be feared because such capability to behave like a human is unsettling. And the reason for their unease leads to Type 4.

FOUR

Finally, there is the “Type 4” AI, seeming to only be a modification or slight advance from type 3. It is this level where machines are not only able to carry out a request, retain memory, and understand human reactions, but this level takes robots to the point where they are more human themselves.
AI at this point is now self-aware of who they are and what they are. They are considered highly intelligent at this point, caring, and with an inner conscience. Such ability makes people associate this AI with extraterrestrial interference or knowledge.

By igu on January 22, 2019 | Artificial Intelligence (AI)