Image from the film “Lucy” where the protagonist played by Scarlett Johannson uses her exponentially enhanced human perspective and harnesses the entire power of her brain.
First of all the world is waking to AI, or I guess we’re are in the age of AI already and everyone is increasingly getting aware of this. By everyone, I mean each and every person exposed to some form of digital technology.
The future of Google is AI” – Sundar Pichai
And if Google influences the world, as it has pretty much, with many of its products, than the future of the world is indeed AI. Important part of all this boom is the machine learning that is linked with AI and without it, there isn’t an ‘intelligence’ factor for a machine. That brings me to my point that, it’s not just about AI or Machine Learning that are new technologies that are driving the world, but it’s a new perspective that is pushing boundaries… in this case for Technology.
Let’s jump into ‘Super-Intelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies’ a book by Nick Bostrom. “Such changes in the rate of growth have important consequences.”
By looking at the advancements of the tech companies in Silicon Valley, it seems as though these sudden changes in the rate of growth in technology has had good consequences. But the invention of nuclear energy took a sudden drastic turn during the World War II. Therefore, while we are all excited about some of sudden human advancements, we need to be concerned about its consequences.
AI has by now succeeded in doing essentially everything that requires ‘thinking’ but has failed to do most of what people and animals do ‘without thinking’—that, somehow, is much harder! Analysing visual scenes, recognising objects, or controlling a robot’s behaviour as it interacts with a natural environment has proved challenging. Nevertheless, a fair amount of progress has been made and continues to be made, aided by steady improvements in hardware.”
What does this all mean? I want to bring our attention to the multi-dimensional factor of the human perspective. Take the issue of the uproar in AI itself. Bostrom says, “The Google search engine is, arguably, the greatest AI system that has yet been built.” Yet, none of us look at it today in its current form as an AI, which learns our search practices, internet patterns, trends and throw up relevant results.
I listened to Polychromatic music by Dolores Catherino and also watched her TED video. The addition of all these notes and increase of the sound palette to 106 pitches in 1 octave is mind-boggling, but when you use the perspective of looking at it outside the binary of the black and white coloured spectrum, it is easy to digest this expanded sound palette with multi-colours. Isn’t it strange that we have always looked or experienced music within the ‘black and white’, on the piano keys, music notations, orchestra uniforms and other symbolisms. Speaking of color, this reminds me of black and white TV, moving to color, and more and more color with 8 to 256 bit colors, 16 million colors and now we’re talking in 4K HD or even greater resolutions coming up.
Therefore, as we push our boundaries of perspective that leads us to inventions that are already present among us, is it that we need to look beyond two eyes, two powers, two sides of a coin… the binary? What is AI? Regular programming would teach a computer to do a task, but AI is just regular programming but by asking the computer to learn how to do that task.
With that I’d like to conclude with a phrase used by Dolores Catherino “diversity of perspective”. Where ever u apply it – tech, philosophy, astrophysics, terrorism – we have seen exponential consequences.