We talk about artificial intelligence (AI), robots, and machine learning as if they’re coming soon, or are just some tech pipe dream. They’re not. They’re here today.
In fact, a special report from Bank of America, Merrill Lynch predicts the global market for AI and robots will be just under $153 billion by 2020, and some industries will experience up to a 30% productivity increase through the use of those technologies alone.
That’s not a century from now; it’s not even a decade. It’s just three short years away. That can either terrify you if you’ve seen too many sci-fi films, or excite you if you consider the upside and benefits it could yield.
The reality probably lies somewhere in the middle. Positives and negatives, good and bad. There will be disruption – there will be jobs and perhaps even whole industries that see massive displacement from robots and other “intelligent” machines.
And that says nothing of the inherent risk associated with creating something capable of logical thinking without emotion. The robots may not rise up and exterminate humanity any time soon, but the development of true AI is closer than you think. We already have it to varying degrees. And while computer scientists haven’t yet created a truly sentient artificial being, their work in the field is already having tremendous impacts on several industries.
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