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10 Apr 2017

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is still not in everyone's dictionary

Artificial intelligence confusion sidetracks users from its advantages

Starting from an app in the smartphones to a car that doesn't need a driver- almost all new technologies now make use of artificial intelligence.

Despite being familiar with the term, a recent study discovered that most consumers don't have a clear idea of what it actually is.

Here is a quick read for you to have a quick overview on all things AI.

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Artificial intelligence confusion sidetracks users from its advantages
Study shows most people are confused about AI

Study report

Study shows most people are confused about AI

US-based software firm Pegasystems recently conducted a study and found out that consumers are more often than not confused and reluctant about artificial-intelligence.

Around 72% respondents have some kind of fear about AI, while 24% are worried of robots taking over the world.

Although, 72% of the customers taking the test claimed that they understand AI, but only a few could actually explain it.

Nerd talk

What exactly is artificial intelligence?

For the nerds, 'artificial intelligence is a branch of computer science dealing with the simulation of intelligent behaviour in computers', which basically means the capability of a machine imitating human behaviour and act like them.

This scientific domain of inquiry has always been controversial due to its widespread implications. So much so, that these controversies had even affected funding and development programmes regarding AI.

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Significant "human" breakthroughs achieved by AI


Significant "human" breakthroughs achieved by AI

AlphaGo defeated the best Go champion Lee Sedalia with numerous actions, ways and moves.

AI powered Tesla Model X took its owner Joshua Neally to the hospital after he suffered a heart attack.

The supercomputer at IBM Watson can see deviations in the health of the individual, which even the experienced diagnosticians misread sometimes.

Future steps

Things to look forward next in AI technology

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently announced that his new company Neuralink is looking at ways to connect computers with human brains to enable information exchange.

The biggest target in the field is to break the language barrier and make the machines interact using language. Better language understandings will make the tech more beneficial and significant steps are being taken to achieve that.

There is bound to be some backlash


There is bound to be some backlash

Many think that the advancement of AI might steal jobs from humans, which is true to some extent, as some already use AI in place of human labours like some restaurants in China and some Amazon warehouses.

An advocate group, Upstate Transportation Association, is trying to ban AI-powered self-driving technology for the next 50 years, in fear of losing their jobs to machines.

Robo-journalist reporting for duty

An AI written article was published by the Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Daily this year in January. The article was a 300-character piece, which the AI completed in one second.

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