Artificial Intelligence is something that is becoming more and more prevalent in our day to day lives. It’s hard to think that roughly 70 years ago it seemed like a far fetched idea. A machine or robot that could become smarter and have reasoning capabilities? Of course, HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) was one of the first major films to feature AI. While there were a few before that, Space Odyssey was one of the first to really make an impact as it followed on the tails of the creation of the first computer program to play checkers in 1952, as well as Marvin Minksy coining the term Artificial Intelligence in a conference in New Hampshire in 1956.
While AI has had its ups and downs over the last 50 years, from the government investing millions to all of the sudden funding completely drying up in the ’70s. In the last 20 years, Ai has made quite the comeback. We are now using AI in our everyday lives and may not necessarily realize it. Predictive technology used in Netflix and Pandora is the most common that we have become accustomed to, with Siri and Alexa using their voice-activated technology being a close second.
The benefits of Artificial Intelligence have greatly improved efficiency and decreased human error. From military uses as far as accuracy to home security or even thermostat control, it has improved our quality of life, for sure. The elimination of human injury or loss of life is invaluable in dangerous situations. For instance, drones for the military or even scientists using robots on the ocean floor rather than sending deep sea divers.
With all the good that AI has afforded us, there come some setbacks. AI still lacks emotion, understanding, and comprehension of human need. Not to mention, while it lacks these things, in particular, AI is only as good as the code that it is written with. This means there is still plenty of room for human error if there are glitches in the code. Like any type of machinery or software programs, they can be expensive to acquire, and more importantly, maintain.
There are some that believe that the creation of AI will someday backfire on society. It may be soon to tell. For now, cue up your Netflix and Pandora and enjoy!