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Artificial Intelligence revolution is coming says Wozniak

The world is on the precipice of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) revolution and this will have as big an influence on the world as the digital revolution that preceded it, according to Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak.

Speaking via video link from Orlando, Florida, to the Advance Queensland Innovation and Investment Summit, Wozniak said machines were closer than ever to emulating the human brain.

I looked at the brain my whole life thinking we would never understand how it's wired, never know what consciousness is, we would never know what intuition is,' he said.

"And now we're seeing so many signs that are getting so close we speak to our phones, we can get answers."

Machines will eventually develop methods to think on their own, he said.

"A machine doesn't yet say what's an obstacle of the world, what's a problem of the world that needs solving and what is an approach I could take to solve it?," Wozniak told the 1200 attendees at the summit.


"We're just at the verge of where the machines may take off and go much further than even we humans could make them go."

Artificial intelligence (AI) is an area of computer science that emphasizes the creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans. Some of the activities computers with artificial intelligence are designed for include:

  • Speech recognition
  • Learning
  • Planning
  • Problem solving
  • There are many different types or forms of AI. According to Tim Urban in his blog The AI Revolution AI is such a broad concept that we should break it down to more easily understand it. He suggests it is simpler to consider three major AI caliber categories: 

    AI Caliber 1) Artificial Narrow Intelligence (ANI): Sometimes referred to as  Artificial Narrow Intelligence is AI that specializes in one area. There's AI that can beat the world chess champion in chess, but that's the only thing it does. Ask it to figure out a better way to store data on a hard drive, and it'll look at you blankly. ANI is already working in our lives in many ways.

    AI Caliber 2) Artificial General Intelligence (AGI): Sometimes referred to as Strong AI, or Human-Level AI. Artificial General Intelligence refers to a computer that is as smart as a human across the boarda machine that can perform any intellectual task that a human being can. Creating AGI is a much harder task than creating ANI, and we're yet to do it. Professor Linda Gottfredson describes intelligence as "a very general mental capability that, among other things, involves the ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly, and learn from experience." AGI would be able to do all of those things as easily as you can.

    AI Caliber 3) Artificial Superintelligence (ASI): Oxford philosopher and leading AI thinker Nick Bostrom defines superintelligence as "an intellect that is much smarter than the best human brains in practically every field, including scientific creativity, general wisdom and social skills." Artificial Superintelligence ranges from a computer that's just a little smarter than a human to one that's trillions of times smarteracross the board. ASI is currently only seen in movies.

    As of now, humans have conquered the lowest caliber of AIANIin many ways, and it's everywhere. 

    Artificial Intelligence already pervades our world - well at least Artifical Narrow Intelligence (ANI) does. Tim Urban listed the following examples in his excellent blog, The AI Revolution: The Road to SuperIntelligence

    • Your phone is a little ANI factory. When you navigate using your map app, receive tailored music recommendations from Pandora, check tomorrow's weather, talk to Siri, or dozens of other everyday activities, you're using ANI.
    • Your email spam filter is a classic type of ANIit starts off loaded with intelligence about how to figure out what's spam and what's not, and then it learns and tailors its intelligence to you as it gets experience with your particular preferences. 
    • When you search for a product on Amazon and then you see it as a "recommended for you" product on a different site, or when Facebook somehow knows who it makes sense for you to add as a friend? That's a network of ANI systems, working together to inform each other about who you are and what you like and then using that information to decide what to show you.
    • Same goes for Amazon's "People who bought this also bought"¦" thingthat's an ANI system whose job it is to gather info from the behavior of millions of customers and synthesize that info to cleverly upsell you so you'll buy more things..
    • Google Translate is another classic ANI system. Voice recognition is another, and there are a bunch of apps that use those two ANIs as a tag team, allowing you to speak a sentence in one language and have the phone spit out the same sentence in another.
    • When your plane lands, it's not a human that decides which gate it should go to. Just like it's not a human that determined the price of your ticket.
    • Cars are full of ANI systems, from the computer that figures out when the anti-lock brakes should kick in to the computer that tunes the parameters of the fuel injection systems. Google's self-driving car, which is being tested now, will contain robust ANI systems that allow it to perceive and react to the world around it.
    • The world's best Checkers, Chess, Scrabble, Backgammon, and Othello players are now all ANI systems.
    • Google search is one large ANI brain with incredibly sophisticated methods for ranking pages and figuring out what to show you in particular. Same goes for Facebook's Newsfeed.
    • Sophisticated ANI systems are widely used in sectors and industries like military, manufacturing, and finance. Algorithmic high-frequency AI traders account for more than half of equity shares traded on US markets. 

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