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Future of Artificial Intelligence 

I guess at some point in our lives we all have watched movies like Matrix, Terminator film series, IRobot, Blade Runner and who would have missed Avengers-Age of Ultron. One thing in common for all these movies was showing us the future of Artificial Intelligence. AI is a buzzword that gets tossed around often in the business world. These movies in particular acquainted us with AI and silently notified us of the days to come.

There are several examples of artificial intelligence being used to solve all sorts of challenges, however with great power comes great responsibility. This write-up aims at showing the potential future scenarios for AI.

Recently, Microsoft launched SharePoint Syntex which harnesses the power of cloud using advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning (ML) services to automatically recognize the content, extract important information, and apply metadata tags. The idea is to employ human experts to train Syntex and then use that model more generally. Microsoft calls it “Machine Teaching”.

When we are talking about training or teaching the machine to perform like a human, it is worth mentioning about Neuralink, who are developing an implantable brain-machine interface to connect humans and computers. They believe that with this interface you will be able to control a computer or mobile device anywhere you go. At a live demonstration in August 2020, Elon Musk described one of their early devices as “a Fitbit in your skull” which could cure paralysis, deafness, blindness, and other disabilities. However, this demonstration faced criticism by neuroscientists.

Similarly, UK-based DeepMind, acquired by Google in 2014 has developed a neural network that learns how to play video games just like humans. In 2016, AlphaGo their computer program beat a human professional Go player Lee Sedol, the world champion, in a five-game match. This takes us back to the year 1997 when Deep Blue, a chess-playing computer developed by IBM became the first machine to win a chess game against a reigning world champion – Garry Kasparov.

The list does not end here. In the year 2019, 26.82 million air tickets and 5.96 million high-speed rail tickets were denied to people who were deemed “untrustworthy” by the Chinese government, and this was done as a result of The Social Credit System which is very closely related to China’s mass surveillance systems such as Skynet.

In 2017, the U.S. Department of Defense launched Project Maven, also known as the Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Function Team. The project aims to develop and integrate “computer-vision algorithms needed to help military and civilian analysts encumbered by the sheer volume of full-motion video data that DoD collects every day in support of counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations,” according to the Pentagon.

Israel Aerospace Industries has given the world it’s first and most operational Anti-Radiation Loitering Munition system. it is an autonomous weapon which can detect, attack and destroy enemy radar emitters by hitting them with high hit accuracy.

Currently, the future of AI lies entirely in the hands of the big nine corporations – Amazon, Google, Facebook, Tencent, Baidu, Alibaba, Microsoft, IBM and Apple. Yet the manner in which AI systems unfold has major implications for society as a whole. We need to wait and watch to see what the future holds.

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