The very concept of Artificial Intelligence is a huge one for anyone to wrap their heads around. It’s complicated, multi-layered, complex, and incredibly deep, and yet a firm understanding is absolutely required for humanity to proceed down the correct path lest we unleash an apocalyptic future on ourselves.
Which is why articles like the one we’re about to link to are so important: it breaks down all of AI’s multitudinous complexities into bite-sized and manageable chunks.
A good overview
The article, written by Mike Thomas and published on Builtin.com, covers everything the average person should know about AI, with an emphasis on where the technology is today, and where it could be heading in the next few decades.
It’s called The Future of Artificial Intelligence, subtitled 7 ways AI can change the world for better … or worse, and it’s truly brilliant and well worth a read.
Thomas covers the subject by talking to a good number of people involved in AI and getting their input on the topic – where they are now, where they see their industries heading, as well as things like the future of the workplace and humans’ place in it.
Critically, Thomas also looks into human-level AI, also called Artificial General Intelligence, which is the one thing many modern technologists believe could be a dangerous road for humanity to go down.
That’s because it has the potential to unleash AI-powered machines on the world that could spawn machines that are even more intelligent than humans could ever be, which could leave us behind in many ways and usher in the robo-pocalypse. It may be implausible, but it’s not exactly impossible, either.
You’ve probably heard that famous technologist and ex-South-African Elon Musk is one of those advocating for a more careful approach to the development of artificial intelligence, and this article goes into some good detail as to why Musk might actually be onto something.
Grab some coffee and have a read
Anyway, that’s enough preamble – here is the link to the article. Do yourself a favour and grab a cup of coffee, fire up the article and read it carefully, and let the knowledge it drops percolate in your brain for a while.
With a bit of luck AI will do what it has the potential to do, and usher in an unprecedented age of prosperity for all.
The key takeaways here are that AI is real, it’s here to stay, and it will play a major part in forming the future of the planet one way or the other, no matter where you live.
It’s a good read for anyone interested in artificial intelligence and where it might be taking society in the next decade and beyond.