The advances made over just the past 18 months in the field of Artificial Intelligence (or AI), as well as the current rate of advance, are astonishing. These advances will have broad ranging repercussions, but remain, for the time being, mostly invisible to those outside the lab. For much of the public, AI, which is very real, sounds unreal because in pop culture, the term is used interchangeably with or in place of artificial consciousness, which is still, very much, science fiction.
Like going broke, AI is going to affect our lives in two ways, gradually and suddenly. Gradually, in that even now, AI chips are being used for information routing, a broad concept that is really at the heart of many different services, the internet itself being only the most visible. And suddenly… well, autonomous driving is very much a real thing. It is currently growing and maturing in many ways and in many places, but not until it is perfect—or at the very least, excellent—will it burst into our lives.
But what, you might ask, about those human-like robots from Japan? Oddly, enough, they don’t have much to do with AI, at least not yet. At the high end, some are using Natural Language Processing, one form of AI, but it isn’t clear whether they are developing their own proprietary technology for doing so or not. Don’t worry, though. If there is any sort of breakthrough from that quarter, you’ll hear all about it right here.
In the meantime, remember to treat these ideas as just that, ideas, and do your own research before making any investment decisions.