Artificial Intelligence = Not originating naturally, made by human skill in imitation of something natural.
To define Artificial Intelligence as the Oxford Dictionary has [above] may already be needing a rethink given the rate of knots at which we are broadening and redefining the concept.
But first things first, what do we know about AI? Well, we know that there are several types of AI and that they are the barriers that separate machines from us and indeed us from them.
We have talked quite a bit about Artificial Intelligence as well as technology in a broader sense [AI under the loup] and the inventions of the personal computer, the tablet and smartphone has certainly shaped our lives, and yes, Kapiti SeniorNet wouldn’t be around today to assist you without them.
When the economic revolution in the century from 1870 to 1970 took place, the speed of innovation was quite breath-taking, but since then has not in fact had the same pace or been as deep or wide. This in spite of the impact of our computing devices on our daily life and work.
I was reminded of this today when a son of mine moving abode was stressed over
‘Clarke’ refers to Arthur C Clarke, the British SciFi writer, who formulated 3 adages commonly known as ‘Clarke’s three laws’ of which the third law is the best known and most widely cited: ‘Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic’.
It first appeared back in 1973 in one of his essays and as for the ‘magic’ he later said that while he “would have believed anyone who told him back in 1962 that there would one day exist a book-sized object capable of holding the content of an entire library, he would never have accepted that the same device could find a page or word in a second and then convert it into any typeface and size”.
At this point you might say ‘Why should I care?’, after all Moore’s law – the one about the number of components that could be crammed into a computer chip doubling every year – and as a result making our computers faster and more capable, has been incredibly empowering for the making of our computing devices.
The ‘law’ was first mooted in 1965 by Gordon Moore, who by the way is one of Intel’s [the chip makers] founders. He later changed that statement to ‘every two years’, and we have seen it becoming a self-fulfilling prophesy.
So much is going on out there in the computing world that has huge effects on how we’ll live our life, and on how we see privacy, and what constitutes democracy, and worse, that the inevitable changes will happen faster than we are really ready for.
Fasten your seatbelt and come with me on a little tour of history.