The progression of AI is an inevitability in the next decade and may in fact re-design the way human beings interact, in the same way that computers, text messages, and smartphones have.
There’s no denying the impact that computers have had on our lives. It’s been a long, long time since the first general purpose computer was commissioned by the United States Army. Today, consumers everywhere have computers surrounding them and in their pockets.
Since the 1970s, computers have been used to augment human intelligence. The calculator may be the simplest example of this, supporting and expanding the problem-solving skills of a user.
Throughout the past few decades, scientists have struggled with what the next major step in computers is with regards to human problem-solving. There are some who have aligned with intelligence augmentation (IA), which is the building of systems designed to encourage collaboration between human being and machine. Then, there are those who have put their eggs into the basket of artificial intelligence (AI), which is to outsource intelligence tasks to machines without any human involvement in the process.
In truth, the future of tech and its interactions with human beings probably lies somewhere in between both of these concepts. There has already been much time and money invested in how to augment artificial intelligence. The possibilities that lie ahead are promising, at least from a human perspective. There’s the potential that we may be able to tap into new areas of creativity through the use of these tools and resources. There’s the possibility that an AI may one day be able to generate new, unique ideas that do not depend on combinations of already existing ideas. There’s also the near definite that widespread implementation of AI could fundamentally change the way that we live and think.
As evidenced, there are a lot of unanswered questions. The future does not necessarily appear clear in terms of what form AI may take. The sure thing though and what can most definitely be argued is that AI is largely needed to push past current limitations of human intelligence.
Currently, there are so many areas in which AI could be used, such as arts and music creation, design and development, mathematics, and human-computer interaction. The next few years could potentially see huge explosions of AI creativity in each of these categories.
In terms of making AI something consumer-friendly, finding fun, unique ways to employ it is going to be key. The long-term success of AI will be dependent on developing tools for specific segments of the marketplace to use. Through conventional and unconventional uses of AI, as is predicted to occur in the next two decades, human beings can fully expect to see more AI influence in their daily lives.
At this stage of tech development, there is little place else to go than in seeking new ways to design and develop AI. For those that may be doubtful of the merits of artificial intelligence, as more years pass, expect to see a number of creative, successful uses of the technology that may forever put anyone’s doubts to rest.