An Accelerated Stage of Revolution, Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Let’s start with a question; what you think is the most complex object in the universe? I guarantee you that the answer is human brain literally. That’s because human brain the most complex network and the most powerful systems can’t match with it. We would be surprised to know that we have our brain size of 2000 computers. And now this brain is replaced with Artificial Intelligence (AI). This is not building robots creating a computer mind that can think human but there are several simple and narrowed systems existing already everywhere. From Apple siris to Facebook friend recommendations, air traffic controls, narrow AI has been around for years doing specific tasks better than human.

The computer chip competes with world chess champion way back in 1997 but computer couldn’t learn a new game and couldn’t think as a human. People thought that playing chess is only human can perform and not machine but today computers beat best of us. The human mind is so complex and not well understood even though latest technologies including brain scanning and other, only tells us only a little. So, we come back to the challenge: creating an artificial brain/intelligence (AI) that works like a human brain, learns and improves is possible? Experts project, 2050 is the year that we see things which thought impossible. Some say, it will save humanity and others say, it will destroy us.

Either way if it when it happens the world would be changed forever. We are shifting to a techno-human age where something new is emerging. While people are talking about global peace, climate change and end of history, an army of scientists are working on AI. And now AI rapidly surfacing and will transcend human limit. Scientists say that they really want to violate human limits now and moving closer and closer to do that. We come from a human phase and now redefying what it’s to be human. And we have the opportunity to do things better than what the nature has done. A future period during which the pace of technological innovation will be so rapid, its impact so deep, that human life will be irreversibly transformed.

We spent last several thousand years building tools to reduce our physical labour and improve productivity. These are mechanical muscles, stronger than human muscles. That’s replacing human labour with mechanical muscles and this is the way our economy grows and standards of living arise. Now the change is to build mechanical mind and mechanical muscles. Previous years the mechanical mind has pushed horses and cows out of our economy and the mechanical mind will do the same to humans not immediately and not everywhere but in large numbers and soon enough and it’s going to be huge problem if we are not prepared.

I believe that we can have a positive individuality through AI within few years from now. Lots of interesting work in this filed going on including nano technology. If the right number of efforts put on the right direction. The work on brain-computer interface radically enhancing our power of cognition. Any one of these paths leads to positive individuality in the near future. The sad thing is the amount of recourses and the energy that put for this is very small. Talking about AI getting weird and fast, what’s that even mean, nevertheless a developing field. We may have a lot to take from it and may reject it at the same time. We human beings are at an accelerated stage of our revolution.

Shaison P Ouseph

Dr. Shaison P. Ouseph is an internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker, speaker and positive change agent based in Mumbai. He is one of the directors at ‘Matrix of Learning’ in the United States and the Head of Department for Film & Television at XIC, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai

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