5 Things You Didn’t Know About Artificial Intelligence

Even if you think you know what AI is, how much do you really know about the different aspects and impact of AI?  Artificial Intelligence is a fast-growing, rapidly changing industry and that leads to a lot of confusion or misinformation about AI.  Below we look at 5 things you may know yet know about AI and how it impacts the tech industry as well as the world.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Artificial Intelligence

AI is Not a New Concept

  • AI is not a new concept or even a concept that has been around for a few decades. In fact, it has been around for centuries.  If you are wondering how this could possibly be true, we are referring to the concept of artificial intelligence, which dates back to Aristotle.  Harvard explains how the concept took form as what we know today as AI, “By the 1950s, we had a generation of scientists, mathematicians, and philosophers with the concept of artificial intelligence (or AI) culturally assimilated in their minds. One such person was Alan Turing, a young British polymath who explored the mathematical possibility of artificial intelligence. Turing suggested that humans use available information as well as reason in order to solve problems and make decisions, so why can’t machines do the same thing? This was the logical framework of his 1950 paper, Computing Machinery and Intelligence in which he discussed how to build intelligent machines and how to test their intelligence…the Logic Theorist was a program designed to mimic the problem solving skills of a human and was funded by Research and Development (RAND) Corporation. It’s considered by many to be the first artificial intelligence program and was presented…by John McCarthy and Marvin Minsky in 1956.” The actual term “artificial intelligence” was first coined in 1956 by Marvin Minsky.

AI Is Not Just for Tech

  • AI will infiltrate our lives in a myriad of ways that go far beyond the tech space. AI will influence just about every industry, including education, healthcare, agriculture, customer service, automobile manufacturing, finance, and so much more.  The reason for this is that AI will be able to accomplish both everyday simple tasks and even complex tasks more quickly, efficiently, and for less money than humans.  The ability to do this is heavily dependent on the machine learning and deep learning that is utilized to inform the AI software.  Basically – the more information, the more it is not only capable of, but capable of doing more accurately and quickly – and it is this that will motivate just about every industry to implement AI.

AI Will Transform the Workforce

  • As previously mentioned, because AI will infiltrate and revolutionize just about every industry, it will also likely replace many human jobs. While this sounds scary because nobody wants their job to become obsolete, the reality is that AI will also create many new jobs as well – likely more than it eliminates.

Ethics & Bias Will Be Challenging with AI

  • Machine learning and deep learning can only be achieved with data but you have to consider the quality of the data sources. The trouble is, anytime a human has influenced the data in any way it is inherently biased.  Even if you use a collection from varied sources, it is still likely biased in some small or large way.  But, even a small bias can have a big impact.  For example, if AI software was used in the judicial process for determining appropriate sentencing, even a small amount of bias could impact a prison sentence length or severity.

It Is Not Just the United States Leading the Way in AI

  • While we have many innovative, cutting-edge tech companies making advancements in AI in the United States, we are certainly not the only ones making significant strides. China has always played a major roll in the tech space and with AI, that is certainly no exception.  Other major leaders include Japan, the United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Germany and Mexico.