Many of the gadgets we use on a daily basis contain some form of artificial intelligence. Yet, Hollywood films like “The Matrix,” “Ex Machina” and “Terminator” put fear in the hearts of many when thinking of the possibilities the future holds as artificial intelligence increases. There are some intriguing, interesting but spooky facts concerning AI that many may not realize.
Ability to Learn
It was once believed that computers were only as smart as the individual using them. However, the advancements in artificial intelligence technology now enable AI programs to learn. A group of researchers in Belgium combined artificial intelligence algorithms in order for the “neuro-inspired” computer to have the ability to train itself to improve function as needed. Recently, Facebook experienced a chilling example that necessitated shutting down one of their programs when developers discovered that an AI-powered engine taught itself to create a language that humans did not understand.
Belgium researchers also developed a robotic hand complete with muscles that has the ability to heal itself when injured due to rubber-like polymers that knit back together when heated. The group hopes that one day robots would have the ability to heal themselves. Stranger still, they also speculated that tissue grafts might be grown on humanoid robots. Robots contain computerized parts that may at some point become damaged. However, some robotic machines have learned to overcome broken motors or other damaged parts to continue performing as designed.
Understand Human Behavior
Facebook uses AI algorithms that place ads on pages based on what the programs perceive about users. Scarier still, MIT scientists developed a robot equipped with AI that has the ability to understand the context of conversations. The robot is able to perform tasks on command by learning and remembering information gained in the past. Students from the University of Georgia were able to teach a robot to cheat and deceive. They found during a series of experiments, robots demonstrated the ability to deceive one another to win tasks.
A supercomputer named “Nautilus” was programmed with archival information from 1945 to the current day. By using the knowledge and evaluating information, the computer was able to locate Osama Bin Laden within 200 kilometers of his actual location. On the other hand, two presidents, analysts and allied nations spent billions of dollars over the course of 11 years before finding the terrorist. Researchers are now contemplating allowing robots to predict future events.