Human beings have been predicting a near future dominated by technology for decades. Some of the films set in this idea have been a blockbuster: * Mátrix*, * Terminator*,*Transformers*… Why are we so interested in this subject?
Now that we are in the middle of Christmas, the ads of toys and gifts fill the TELEVISION again. As is tradition every year at this time. You may remember the mythical Robot Emilio from a few years ago, from Bizak. The nice toy at the time of its release was a revolution: he would walk, record your voice and even bring you objects you asked for; impressive things for a creation of the 90s. But devices have evolved, of course, and no longer only perform these actions. In the following lines we review the key points of Artificial Intelligence.
AI in our daily lives
As they say, it has rained a lot since then, from that mythical toy robot with which more than a generation dream and have fun. The technology has developed a lot. So much so that we already enjoy advances applied to objects of our daily life. We were recently aware of the presence of intelligent traffic lights in Vienna, capable of detecting pedestrians and switching on and off depending on the number of them. One person is not the same as several.
We have also recently learned that researchers from several continents are working on developing an AI capable of detecting volcanic eruptions, in order to reduce the number of fatalities, which there are.
A few months ago, IBM reported on the latest successes of its Watson robot. The machine was commissioned to devise a commercial for cars. They entered data from the best spots of the last 15 years for it to analyze and process. The result was a script that synthesized the aspects that had worked best. We can say, without exaggeration, that a robot today already writes scripts.
However, you don’t really need to go that far to see practical applications of Artificial Intelligence. We live with smart TVs. Perhaps we have already become accustomed and normalized, but content recommendations, voice control or live control are contemporary improvements that are far from the first screens.
Key points of Artificial Intelligence
A theme of the present with a lot of travel in the coming years. As we see, Artificial Intelligence is one of the areas where more research is being done, and what remains. We are beginning to learn about some of these experiments and the intention of companies around the world to continue innovating.
Without emotions. If we talk about the key points of Artificial Intelligence we cannot ignore this fundamental characteristic. Machines work by logic. Humans also use logic-from time to time-but our decisions and behavior are influenced by other rather important factors: emotions. It is possible to determine if even more. Robots have no feelings, at least to this day. They’re not alive. And its way of processing information and responding to stimuli differs from ours in that it does not contemplate circumstances that go beyond pure and hard logic.
The Internet of Things. This is a concept to keep in mind. Progress in this area is taking place at a dizzying speed. The last challenge that specialists face is to transmit human genes through machines. This can open a door with many possibilities.
Good or bad, controversy is served. As with any new development, along with the surprise for the value provided comes distrust. How far can machines go? Are they good or are they bad? Can they be? These questions are also asked by scientists who study the subject.
In 2015, prestigious entrepreneurs such as Reid Hoffman, president of LinkedIn; or Elon Musk, president of Tesla and SpaceX, founded OpenIA, a company dedicated to this issue.
Limitations of AI. The goal of AI is to give computers and machines more intelligence. We celebrate the achievements mentioned and trust the predictions of scientists to continue making machines more “human”, but we must keep in mind that machines have an artificial intelligence that mimics the human one, but it is not. Artificial neural networks copy the functioning of organic brains.
In this context of constant innovation, in which scientists surpass their professional colleagues one day, another too, we propose you to know AURA, if you do not already know it. Telefónica’s Artificial Intelligence that learns from users. Now it is not a matter of curiosity and play, as happened with the robot Emilio. Or is it?