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AI In 20 years (or 30 or 40 or …) December 7, 2016

Posted by Benjamin Beeman in AI Present and Future.

With the velocity in which new technology is invented and delivered to the world, it is difficult to predict what new discoveries will be done in the segment of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Today computing is all around us creeping into every aspect of our daily lives. Many things we don’t consider AI today, we may have been very much considered that 20 or 30 years ago. Consider spell check. On just about every device I can think of that takes text input, there is a spell checking system that is run in real time. Many times these spell checkers automatically replace the misspelled word with the one that is correct. But we don’t make a big deal about it, nor do most people think of it as AI. Yet, it must contain some level of intelligence to do just that, and that intelligence is inherently artificial.

The cutting edge of today’s AI research is working on some really amazing things. The Business Insider article “18 artificial intelligence researchers reveal the profound changes coming to our lives” brings up a few of these remarkable projects. They include autonomous robots that will keep human lives out of dangerous situations, human cyborg implants, and super smart computers that will answer questions with answers derived from massive amounts of data [1]. I think many of these projects will be a success and become part of our daily lives. At that time we will probably no longer consider them AI. They will be helpful tools. The successful ones will fade away in to the landscape as common fixtures. Humans don’t want to think that they live in an artificial world. If they create human cyborg implants that help people with brain defects. They will no longer call them AI cyborg implants. They will come up with a kind medical name for the wonderful device that helps so many people connect with the world around them.

Therefore the future of AI is in research and development. It will never be part of our daily lives because humans do not want it coined that way. I think the AI of the future will be research based around keeping us connected to the world around us, creating higher standards of living, and reducing stresses to humans that they don’t need to be stressed about. I think it will enhance communication. Many problems occur through miss communications. Like spell check, maybe AI can help, and when it does, it will no longer be AI anymore.




  1. Prado, Guia Marie Del. “18 Artificial Intelligence Researchers Reveal the Profound Changes Coming to Our Lives.” Business Insider. Business Insider, 26 Oct. 2015. Web. 02 Dec. 2016. <http://www.businessinsider.com/researchers-predictions-future-artificial-intelligence-2015-10/#thomas-dietterich-doesnt-stop-there-he-hopes-ai-will-turn-us-into-superhumans-4&gt;.


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