Artificial intelligence has been a topic of discussion that has resulted in emotive discourse between tech enthusiasts and naysayers with the former supporting it and the latter against it. Innovators in the tech world have for years invested time and money to develop computers that are capable of processing thought just like humans do and this is essentially what artificial intelligence is. What many people don’t know is that AI has actually been around for a while now and is applied in many places to various degrees.
Let’s take a look at the 3 main things you should know about AI.
#1 Artificial Intelligence is a reality
A few years back, AI was simply science fiction, a plot that seemed to feature in numerous science fiction movies. However, today AI is very real and in use in various applications. Whereas it may not have gotten to the advanced level of computers reasoning like humans, AI is serving its purpose and will require heavy investment in customer education so that many misconceptions about it are cleared so that skeptics can be more comfortable with its use.
#2 Artificial Intelligence dates far back
Many people don’t know that AI was conceived as far back as Greek mythology. The idea of the existence of robots that have a human like appearance can be found in Greek myths. AI was also evident in the middle ages when the idea of the human brain being placed in an inanimate object was alluded to in an alchemy story.
#3 Formal research in Artificial Intelligence was started in the 1950s
In as much as AI research going on prior to the 1950s, it wasn’t happening in formal settings. It was during a conference at Dartmouth in 1956 that AI research was formally adopted as an academic research discipline and it’s during this conference that the name “artificial intelligence” was adopted. Since then, many other academic institutions specializing in technology have adopted AI research and made tremendous breakthrough.
AI is neither a bad nor dangerous technology to humans, it’s simply misunderstood. It will take concerted efforts to educate the naysayers on the benefits of this tech and what mankind has to benefit from it.