The technological singularity is one of the most popular topics in computer science today. The implications of it are immense, and it could change the course of history. Artificial Intelligence is on the rise, and soon enough, we will have Superintelligence. It’s not slowing down any time soon. What is the technological singularity? When is it coming? Are robots actually a threat? I have a few ideas.
Should we be afraid of AI? Afraid of robots terminating the human race? Afraid of our daily devices slowly gaining consciousness? Okay maybe these scenarios sound very far fetched, but according to estimates by Oxford Economics, 47 percent of all jobs across the United States are at risk of becoming automated. And Elon Musk thinks we’re all doomed. Is this the beginning of the singularity? Do you know what is the singularity is? We’ll explain that in a bit. Artificial Intelligence has been around for quite some time now and even when it wasn’t around it was making guest appearances in our favorite sci-fi shows and movies. Since the dawn of technology, humans have wondered, “Could we create a machine that works like — or even better than — us?” The answer to this question seems to be a resounding yes. Machine learning is happening all around us: tablets, cellphones, computers, not to mention YouTube, the platform you’re watching this video on right now — they’re all rigged with it. There are many questions that arise when we think of A.I. How far are we from going from an r2d2 to a c3po? Or maybe you believe a Terminator-esque scenario is more likely? How possible is it to create a machine with a conscience? Will the rise of A.I. be the beginning of the end for humans? And how will the evolution of A.I. actually affect our day to day lives? You’re watching Explore Mode and today we are diving into the rise of artificial intelligence.
As we become ever more reliant on cellular phones and devices to aid in our everyday tasks; rapid development into new technologies and Artificial Intelligence is underway at an alarming rate.
Modern devices are now specifically designed to interact with us in ways that mimic a real human being. Applications such as “Siri” and “google-cast” are providing the user with a human-like interaction experience. These companies are Creating Artificially intelligent machines. Machines exhibiting cognitive behavior, with human-like intelligence.
In this documentary we explore the race to perfect AI machinery – researchers believe that very soon a “singularity” will be created. A machine that rises beyond human control. Something uncontrollable and irreversible, resulting in catastrophic changes to human civilization.
Could it be possible that humanity will soon arrive at a moment in history when artificial intelligence outsmarts human beings? Are Hollywood movies like “The Terminator”, “i-Robot” and “space odyssey 2001” an unintentional warning that this scenario could happen within our not so distant future?
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