The A.I. Matrix
A revolution has been set forth. No not the one like ‘best of times and worst of times’. Rather one which aims to provide users with the best of times in order to make their lives much easier. This revolution is in terms of Artificial Intelligence which has become the talk of the town and is slowly settling itself into people’s lives.
In reality, Artificial Intelligence has been around for a long time. Greek mythology has references of mechanical men who were designed to mimic people’s behavior. However, as technology progresses the concept of Artificial Intelligence changes. The focus has shifted from complex calculations to mimicking of human decisions. For scientific purposes, AI is divided into two fundamental groups applied and general. However, applied AI is far more common as they are systems designed to intelligently trade stocks and shares, maneuver cars etc.
While the advanced levels of A.I. look fascinating in movies, in reality, they have made their way into people’s homes as well. Take the example of Amazon Echo. Developed by Amazon it is designed to make people’s lives easier. You can ask the Echo any question and it will surely answer you. Moreover this homely A.I. can be used to switch off lights, turn on music and even remind one of the grocery lists. This voice recognition smart assistant seems like something straight out of a Hollywood movie.
Lenovo also decided to be not far behind. Although the smart assistant from Lenovo does seem like a crossover between Amazon Echo and Google Home.
The voice-powered Siri is also an important example of A.I. Apart from being extremely fun to use, the voice assistant answers various queries of the users and also helps them in various day-day activities.
The term A.I. was coined by John McCarthy in 1956. But what we consider Artificial Intelligence at the moment is actually is just its infantile stage. There is still a long way to go before we reach the level of Star Wars or Space Odyssey.
Until then, let us enjoy the revolution which is not happening in a galaxy far away.