The Birth of Artifical Intelligence
Artificial intelligence (A.I.) is said to have had its humble beginning in 1956 at a summer-long conference called the Dartmouth Summer Research Project on Artificial Intelligence. The purpose of the conference was to investigate which aspects of human learning could be ‘programmed into thinking machines,’ the precursor to computers. The intent was to find ways for these thinking machines to solve problems and learn from their mistakes, just as humans do.
Since then, Artificial intelligence has not so quietly been the engine behind transformative changes in how people think, make buying decisions, and relate to one another in a way while redefining the very definition of community, friendship and social discourse.
A.I. in Today’s World
AI is disrupting the status quo across a broad cross section of industries by demonstrating its superiority and effectiveness as a powerful data mining, pattern recognition and forecasting tool that can tackle challenges that no human or other mathematical-based technology can achieve.
Siri (Apple) and Alexa (Amazon), have already worked their way into our daily lives as A.I. personal assistants. Social media platforms like Facebook have helped warm up the public to this disruptive technology that is reshaping nearly every industry and government worldwide.
Now, with more than 60 years of progress, this transformative technology is poised to make the difference between growth and decline for businesses worldwide as it disrupts and transforms practically every aspect of the human experience touched by technology.
Artificial intelligence, as it’s been understood to date by the public, conjures up fearful images of armies of robots rising up and challenging humankind for supremacy in intelligence as well as in physical prowess. Taken to its logical extreme this doomsday perspective of this incredible predictive technology has been widely promoted over the years in science fiction books and in big screen horror movies. While such fears are not entirely unfounded, they are, at this point in history, quite premature given the current state-of-the-art in artificial intelligence.
Yet, despite these concerns and even fear of where this technology will take us over the next century, artificial intelligence has, not so quietly, been the engine behind transformative changes in how people think, make buying decisions, and relate to one another in a way which has been redefining the very definition of community, friendship and every other aspect of social discourse. These changes to date have been mainly due to the application of A.I. to such areas as facial recognition and speech recognition, within the overall general arena known as pattern recognition.