Artificial intelligence (AI) is making inroads to the societal infrastructure and decision-making processes at an increasing pace. Moore’s Law of exponential growth formulated back in 1965 no longer applies due to recent advances in supercomputers and quantum computing that are merging with 21st century AI technology, thereby dumping Intel co-founder Gordon Moore’s exponential metric into the dinosaur dustbin.
AI is software that takes on the task of writing itself autonomously, manifesting its own updates in order to renew itself, and it develops its own way of thinking through generative processes. AI is beginning to run things so much that we have become incapable of understanding how its decisions are made. The machines are “machine learning” themselves and improving their algorithms, making it so that we are unable to trace back to the algorithms that brought the AI to the decisions it makes. We tend to think of software as a system of codes that humanity creates, where the machines do what we tell them to do and we own it. That paradigm is no longer necessarily true.
Google’s team of programmers found themselves in the unique position of not understanding how their AlphaGo AI formulated its algorithmic decision processes while it mastered and beat the world’s number one human player in the game Go. The newest version of their AI software is AlphaGo Zero, and this one leaves previous accomplishments in the dust.
AI’s future in society, potential investment opportunities, and the workforce will be covered in Part 2 of this article series. Let’s first revisit pivotal moments during the 20th century, when AI evolved into the public mind through the “science-fiction” genre. The terminology itself represents a conundrum. Science is a system or method of reconciling practical ends, with scientific laws derived through evidenced methods. Fiction is an assumption of a possibility as fact, irrespective of the question of its truth. I think we can all agree that we’re witnessing technological advances in present day that we once thought of as fantasies in our past…
Read the full article by TraderStef at CrushTheStreet – originally published on Apr. 13, 2018.