AI, Artificial Intelligence, is fast growing these days. For those who don't know what AI is, Wikipedia states it as "Artificial intelligence (AI) is intelligence exhibited by machines. In computer science, an ideal "intelligent" machine is a flexible rational agent that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chance of success at some goal."
What is the Future of AI?
If you want to know how much progress AI has made in the past few years, then just look at your surroundings. You will find apps like Siri, Cortana, Allo and much more all equipped with AI. The researchers at biggies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft and more are working really hard to make AI accessible to the general public. Technologies like machine learning, computer vision, and deep learning is making it much easier to build stuff with such fast speed.
Now, ChatBots are there in the market. Companies have already started using ChatBots for their internal purposes. These bots are going to be all around the world in the coming years and will be capable of doing tasks like answering every question related to cooking, travelling, business, news etc. For developers, a day will come soon when they don't need to go to StackOverflow to search for answers. The bot will fetch the results from Stackoverflow automatically and will serve the best answer.
The life is going to be really easy. Since i18n support is there these days, so bots will be available in different languages and hence for illiterate farmers, they will be able to ask questions directly by talking to bot in their own native language and the bot will answer in the same language. They can ask any question related to their crops, lands, fertilisers etc. This all seems WOW, right.
AI - Boon or Bane ?
With such great power, comes great responsibilities. Since we are building a strong AI to help human beings for their daily tasks, so the day will come soon in future when Researchers will start working on minimizing the risks caused by AI to humans. It will all come true what we see in movies where AI destructs their creators(Human Beings). So, we should be careful in building AI and hence make sure that it's not going to destroy humanity. Of course, there are an infinite number of advantages of AI, but it also brings a lot of problems. One of the demerits can be that humans will become dumber(no offense) since they will be totally reliable on AI for everything and will have really less physical activity. For instance, they want to have a coffee, then they will just ask their bot to bring a coffee instead of going and make themselves. A lot of things are there about which we need to think and analyze a lot.
I am nowhere close to thinking about advancements of AI. Researchers are working full time on this. I am just a student who wanted to share his experience from what I have perceived working in Machine Learning and Perception at Virginia Tech. I would be happy to know what you think about AI. Please post comments if you are an AI enthusiast. :-)