There’s a lot of talk about IoT and AI, so in this post we will cover the basics – what is AI (Artificial Intelligence)?
One of the definitions says: Artificial intelligence (AI) is an area of computer science that emphasizes the creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans. AI is academic discipline since 1956. and it had its ups and downs – today it’s gaining popularity as great improvements were made in computing power, storage, big data and advanced algorithms. Traditional AI research are focused on: reasoning, problem solving, knowledge representation, planning, learning, natural language processing, perception, ability to move objects. Since AI is a rather complex field, we have diversity of experts involved in its development: computer scientists, information engineers, mathematicians, psychologists, linguists and many others – all focused on mapping the human intelligence in the way that machine would be able to mimic. The holy grail of AI is data, it will give you win in a competitive industry – everybody will be applying similar techniques and the best data will give the right answers. How to get the data? Here we have IoT as a right tool for gathering the data in large volumes and feeding to the data hungry AI.
Where can we apply AI? Well, wherever we have an intellectual task, AI is up for it, so we have a broad set of use cases, I’ll just name a few:
Where do we see AI usage today? To help you get a feeling what is AI and what can it do today, I’ll mention some of the most widely spread examples:
Even though general idea of AI is to help us in so many ways, there’s a lot of worries around it: will we be able to control its progress, will people lose their jobs because of it. There are many world leaders whose statements are also worrying – “Whoever becomes the leader in AI will become the ruler of the world” statement by Vladimir Putin. Elon Musk often emphasizes how the development of AI is dangerous if it goes out of our control and we have similar concerns stated from Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak and Stephen Hawking.
Well, AI is not that perfect, today it still lacks “common knowledge” that humans have, so mistakes that AI often does for us humans will seem incomprehensible. AI systems of today are not multidisciplinary as us people are, they are specialized per single tasks (internet search, facial recognition, driving a car).
Personally I see AI as a partner assistant helping us to do better by giving us clearer vision and understanding, greater memory, etc. It will not replace us, but during the development we definitely must be fully aware what it can do if it goes out of control and thus we need to align the goals of the AI with ours before it outsmart us. If you’d like to learn more about AI, you can chose some of the online courses: like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Intro to Artificial Intelligence or many others that you can find online.
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