The AI Revolution

Monday 18 September 2017

Ever since Alan Turing published his landmark paper in the 50s speculating on the possibility of creating computers that think, artificial intelligence has fascinated us. Turing’s argument was that if a conversation with a computer was indistinguishable from a conversation with a human being, then it was reasonable to say that the machine was thinking.                                                       

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2014 saw a breakthrough with the first computer able to complete the ‘Turing Test’. It was achieved by ‘machine learning’ – computers examining big data sets to establish patterns and correlations, rather than setting it prescribed rules to follow. Now we are at an inflection point, as the cost of powering these computers is much lower and yet the availability of huge data sets necessary to learn human conversation has increased exponentially.

As machines become more intelligent, they become more capable and reliable partners for daily tasks. So how is this already impacting business?  

New kinds of services such as personal digital assistants and chat bots are defining new categories. Robots are changing the world now too. We are already seeing this in manufacturing with car assembly, healthcare with robotic surgery, driverless vehicles and surveillance and security with remote monitoring.

But what about the future? AI will drive adoption and implementation of precision medicine: an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment and lifestyle. Another area AI will drive efficiency is in our current farming methods to increase production and reduce wastage without adversely affecting the environment. AI machines will be able to help farmers foresee what their crops and farms are going to need potentially over a year in advance, giving them more time to react to adverse conditions.

So although many are rightly concerned about people’s jobs, there are potentially huge benefits from AI. Few people will argue if human needs and lives are dramatically improved by better healthcare and food availability.

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