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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The future of Artificial Intelligence

Every day the technological advances are greater, by leaps and bounds we see how our societies are gradually robotizing and cyber-transforming as in any dream embodied in those works of science fiction that we can appreciate in the movies and TV.

What until a few years ago were fantasies and even chimeras of crazy scientists, today are a reality. Mobile devices that connect us in the blink of an eye to cyberspace, virtual reality gadgets that take us to other worlds while being in the same place, intelligent sensors that alert us if someone wants to break into our home or just let us know climate or the latest news; these are only samples of such advances.


Artificial intelligence is one of those futuristic concepts raised that has had a tremendous boom in recent years. There has been progress in numerous applications that are already available commercially and personally, so that we become familiar with them. However, and although it all sounds very promising and attractive, there are many aspects still to be considered with regard to such advances, which will be exposed in this review.

• It’s very probable that the work as we know it also changed paradigm. It is anticipated that progress in fields such as robotics, punctually in the classroom and visual area will have allowed the creation of intelligent factories capable of making decisions in real time. They will not have workers, only supervisors. The legal professions, journalism, accounting and retailing will be rationalized: the AI would take care of the ungrateful part of the work.

• Smart systems are replacing traditional trades. Virtual assistants like Alexa from Amazon, or the bet of the Google giant with its product Home, are recreating the dream of having a butler as Jarvis as in the films of Iron Man. There is already talk of virtual nurses - there is a proposal from the company Sentient in alliance with MIT where they developed a virtual entity that performs the functions of a nurse with AI, and the tests have been extremely successful.

• Many fields of life are being molded by AI. We see with examples such as biometric access control systems, where it is required to enter a fingerprint, or if it is more advanced voice verification or retinal scanning. Or for example supercomputers like Deep Blue who could defeat in a chess game to Russian champion Gary Kasparov.

• However, ethical issues arise again. Many influential tech figures such as Microsoft founder Bill Gates, British physicist Stephen Hawking, and Tesla Motors owner and owner Elon Musk are divided about the possibility that AI may someday overtake humans. They have warned that an unlimited AI could prove fatal to humanity. These fears are in part grounded and partly remembering that in many works of film and television, endings with artificial intelligence have not been good for humanity. Fortunately, such advances still do not reach the depth of a company like Cyberdine or to recreate a collective Matrix.

Research will continue and new developments will emerge; the important thing is not to forget that all these tools that technology gives us are just that: tools, means of support to make life easier. We can not forget that beyond the resources and nice gadgets, the main asset and components are us as a human resource, and that even the most advanced machine can still do it. Let us not forget that.

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