Artificial intelligence, also known as AI, is a branch of computer science that involves the construction of machines and computer systems that can reason, think, solve and communicate with humans. Such computers and machines are capable of solving complex tasks at very fast speeds without hesitation or tiring. However, today’s systems are not fully capable of making real-world problem decisions, but with the advances that are happening every day in computer science, AI is developing at breakneck speed to approach the boundaries of human thought. One such company, anki.com, is making inroads into making artificial intelligence and consumer robots accessible to the mass public. The future of artificial intelligence is one of the most important areas of scientific studies today.
Today and Tomorrow’s Inroads
Today we have AI systems that run software programs that produce accurate weather forecasting. Financial institutions and banks use intelligent software programs to analyze data, solve mathematical calculations and create formulas. Commodities and stock trades are being handled without human interaction, with data that produces simulated forecasts. The robotic industry and NASA use intelligent programs to solve complex problems and program sophisticated operating systems that are autonomous. Just recently, speech recognition has become a very important area of study and these programs are making huge strides by specialized research and development companies.
The strides in AI have been primarily focused on replicating human thought and decision making. It goes without saying that future computers and machines will advance in even more technical sophistication than today. Speech recognition software and programs will eventually reach human performance parameters. These systems will be able to converse and communicate with humans on a one-to-one basis, even recognizing and interpreting unstructured English and text. The elusive goal will be a difficult level to reach, in that scientists and engineers do not accurately know how long it will take for computer systems to become “self-aware” and even more intelligent than humankind.
Future machines and computers will approach or achieve common sense and logic. They will do this by learning from trial and error. They will remember by rote example, learn by rehearsal and eventually reach a level of perception and cognition—a free thinking machine that solves its own problems by experience and accumulated knowledge. This type of research is designed to mimic the complexities of the human brain, coupled with a form of human consciousness.
The robotic industry will probably make the most significant strides in the future. Robotic systems will be developed that replace, not only high hazard blue collar workers, but general workforce employees who perform sophisticated, repetitive tasks. Office workers may be replaced by automated secretaries who can make on-the-spot decisions and perform follow-up multitasking procedures. It is believed that the medical industry will be taken over by automated nurses and robotic surgeons that not only perform physical health care tasks, but diagnose and advise without any outside assistance or monitoring.
With artificial intelligence still in its relative infancy, the prospects for its advancement are favorable and assured. However, the caveat remains that scientists and researchers will need to come infinitely close to cracking the riddle and wonder of the human mind.