Going in hand-in-hand with our previous blog, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence is another technological aspect of life that applies in various ways to all businesses. I tend to generally speak, as it is the easiest way to base any explanation of off. Once you understand something from the general view, you can start deciphering the more extensive definition depending where you apply it. The use of technologies, such as AI, changes this process in a much more complex chain of reactions. Max Tegmark explores The Benefits & Risks of Artificial Intelligence, and says, “Artificial intelligence today is properly known as narrow AI (or weak AI), in that it is designed to perform a narrow task (e.g. only facial recognition or only internet searches or only driving a car). However, the long-term goal of many researchers is to create general AI (AGI or strong AI). While narrow AI may outperform humans at whatever its specific task is, like playing chess or solving equations, AGI would outperform humans at nearly every cognitive task.”
This is relevant to IT as employers and employees have a unique knowledge needed to the general public. This includes an ethical duty to educate your clients to the pros, cons and possible side effects of using software with AI compared to ones that are not. Creating an education about (rather than focusing on selling) such new items will create an honest business as an IT professional. Companies, such as TCG, are committed to not only providing an extensive amount of IT services, but providing loyal, efficient and cost effective solutions.
“Everything in moderation” is a common quote heard amongst society today. You must educate yourself on the pros and cons of any decision that relates to any situation. For example, you may think it to be a good idea to buy that fridge that tells you when to wake up, and pulls out exactly what you want every morning, but that’s because you got clouded by the overall grand idea. That fridge will probably not be as durable or have as long as a warranty as your original fridge. That’s at least not until they refine it and have time to perfect such an invention.
As I learned through the recently released Netflix series, Bill Nye Saves the World, he explains that as with anything, Artificial Intelligence can be dangerous just as the Internet, social media and other things. We must rely on human instinct and common sense to successfully weigh out our morals in this digitally advancing world. AI will continue to advance and squeeze its way into our technology. Like the IoT, I believe it is only a matter of time before AI technologies will be majority items across the world.