Artificial Intelligence Is Getting More Competent
Most people think of Skynet or HAL 9000 when they hear “artificial intelligence”, and I mean, can you blame them? Since the dawn of the personal computer, Hollywood has always alluded to some Dystopia caused by wayward AI. The truth is AI is a lot more boring than the movies make it out to be. All artificial intelligence really is, is a set of learning algorithms written in some computer code, and until recently, it wasn’t very good. Sure the first iterations of Google Assistant and Siri were fun to play with, but they just didn’t do enough. Cut to today and it’s a very different landscape. Siri, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa now respond to normal human sentences. Their abilities extend beyond making a few calls or dictating speech to text. But perhaps the most interesting of all is OpenAI.
What Is OpenAI?
OpenAI is an artificial intelligence research company founded by Elon Musk and Sam Altman, yes, the same Elon Musk that owns Tesla. What makes OpenAI different is its real-world application. OpenAI debuted at the DoTA 2 international tournament. DoTA 2 is a popular e-sport game that is notorious for its difficulty. OpenAI versed and handedly beat the top players in the world. But it wasn’t just programmed to be good at the game, it learned. OpenAI learned from scratch by playing the game over and over again. What makes this important is that it’s a proof of concept for other applications. Imagine a robot capable of performing a surgery on you that it has performed thousands of times before. Now imagine it is capable of making extremely logical decisions should anything go wrong. Machines are incapable of human error, fatigue, or emotion making them perfect for high stress environments.
While this is still considered the infancy stage of artificial intelligence, AI has already made huge strides. Thanks to OpenAI, Google, and Amazon, artificial intelligence may one day help clean your room, cook your breakfast, and with more research and time, maybe save a few lives.