All new beginnings require that you unlock a new door.
– Rabbi Nachman of Breslov
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not the latest revolution after smart phones. Smart phones and even older devices were always based on AI. What matters now is when will subsets of AI like Machine Learning (ML), Deep Learning (DL), Big Data Analytics (BDA), User Behavior Analytics (UBA) and Intelligent Heuristics lead to Artificial Super Intelligence (ASI) or what we call it as technology singularity. The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) still seems to be progressing in a very haphazard way with no one at the cockpit to lead this revolution as one of the most important steps to human evolution. This could be tragic.
Secondly, we fail to understand that the brightest and most gifted human minds may not be able to achieve, what they could have, unless we support these minds and promote their thoughts in the right direction. We must accept the fact that the world lost some of the brightest minds in the Holocaust, Wars, Crusades and at last but not the least what we can term as “Sheer Ignorance”. Even today nobody in this world is responsible and accountable. This is indeed tragic, considering we as humans have come this far. Now, if we do not evolve, we never will. The coming few decades are our last call to evolve.
One of the largest applications of AI is currently visible in eCommerce where machines learn Individual Thought Patterns (ITP): likes, choices, habits, thought patterns and even explore what humans might be interested in, in the coming days, weeks or years. The study is still on and where we have reached so far is not even the beginning. Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) are not yet as impressive as we wish they were. It gets even tougher when these GANs are switched on to animals, birds and marine life, forget insects. UBA has done a good job for eCommerce but fails to get the most out of its potential even today. All one can guess is, they are being deployed to learn, which they do not seem to, considering the number of years these bots and assistants have been existing. AI has repeatedly failed in creating an optimal ‘Customer Service’. Chat-bots, Reverse-Image-Search, Recommendation Algorithms, Natural Language Processing and Intelligent Agents (another huge domain in Machine Learning) and Automated Product Update have only exhibited dismal performance.
In the future, companies that will survive a century or more are companies with a purpose, a purpose to support life on this planet in the best possible way and create a better experience for millenniums to come, provided the planet lives that long. The feasibility of achieving biological super-intelligence (BSI) is not ruled out though it seems to be another long journey with no assurance of success. No Nootropics, Brain Computer Interfaces and Progressions in Neuromodulation are not going to support BSI, at least in the coming two decades.
Much before deep learning research gained popularity, most relation classification tasks used statistical machine learning methods. Challenges with Statistical Analysis of Computational Tests of Algorithms began to surface. These tests and programs were not designed to gain maximum effectiveness. As a result, we could not make the most out of technology as we did desire. This is another example where lack of creativity or ideas challenges technical excellence.
What we learn from Super-organisms, is that their intelligence is Unrestricted when it reaches its peak. This is conversely applicable to us humans; we have been miserably slow in reaching where we have reached today and after a certain point of time, we stopped evolving and became a threat to our own existence. Therefore billionaires and scientists are searching for Planet B. This might not happen before we perish. Unfortunately, where we have reached today also comes with a devastating cost of ‘Climate Change’ and ‘Threat to our own existence due to Human Overpopulation’. All conclusions lead us to force this planet to ‘evolve’, create more awareness in schools and colleges about super-intelligence and have global control over the development of super-intelligence through a planned and systematic approach.
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