I am a long-time Futurist, and technologist. In my career, I have spanned the birth of personal computers, to the rise of Cloud Computing.
3rd and last article in my current series the value of Machine (Artificial) intelligence
Today I am sharing the last in my series, the positive impact of Artificial Intelligence (Machine Intelligence). As I did in the other two, I will again point out that the concept of artificial intelligence isn't necessarily truly applicable. The only intelligence a human would recognize at this point is likely similar to humans. So I much prefer the term machine intelligence, which does not place an artificiality on the thinking process. That said, this being the last article in the series is not that I've run out of topics or ideas or concepts that AI and MI have begun to influence, change, and ultimately make better for humans. Instead, I have just touched the surface of what is possible. Probable is the opposite side of possible in the sense that possible means it could happen. Probable means it will more likely occur. So in the scenarios, I'm covering, intelligence's value and positive impact on human life focus on the possible.
One of the interesting areas in intelligence applications is people who can no longer use traditional communication methods. If you think about the world we live in, communication has radically changed. My father was a professor; he traveled around the world. He traveled in a time when a telephone call from the country he was a would be very expensive. So he wrote us letters that were sent via airmail and normally delivered starting 4 to 5 days after he left, then usually arriving as much as 4 to 5 days after he was home. That would not require an application of intelligence, simply an allowance for cheaper cell phone calls, But some people cannot communicate because of injury or disease. The first thing we could do is have the Machine Intelligence gather information about the person. No, not a deep dive into their tax records. Rather a review of family videos, old recordings, favorite books, and hobbies. That allows intelligence to gather all that information together and apply standard common phrases to link the human to a simple gesture or movement of the eyes. You can capture those phrases that are common to a person, and then they could use them in situations—allowing them to continue to communicate as they always have. It is a tremendous opportunity for those who cannot communicate via traditional methodologies. Try the experiment; go a day without talking. See how effectively you can communicate without your voice.
The goal is to have intelligence not be a crutch but a pole, such as what a pole vault would use. Crutches would not help you get over a 17-foot bar in the air. The pole vaulters' pole helps them vault 17 feet into the air. For those who cannot communicate, we give them a pole! One of those poles connects the human brain to a remote device. It becomes a Bluetooth connection for humans. This technology integrated with Machine Intelligence would support and enable communication for those who can no longer communicate as they did previously. It is called BCI.
BCI continues to evolve the newest version can be simply injected into the human blood stream.
Author's note: BCI is the concept of a direct human brain and technology connection. (Brain and computer interface) today this solution does not have an integration with AI/Machine Intelligence at the time of this writing.
Let's go in another direction for positive AI/MI impacts. How about a simple one is enabling some hobbies people to love. My father did more than write letters from other countries. He had a lifelong passion for science. When I was young, he, my mother, sister, and I would go out looking for Geodes. A geode is a rock formed by a mud bubble millions of years ago. If you are lucky, there is Calcite or Quartz inside the Geode. Imagine an intelligence system to help you quickly identify the rock you found. Or tell you what bird you saw or that cool flower you found. Using intelligence to augment the human and ultimately provide value back to you. I suspect many doctors would love a system designed to guarantee that a person out foraging for mushrooms in the forest doesn't accidentally pick ones that well don't have a good result when entering the human body. But the intelligent system can also help in several other ways. For birdwatchers, if you take a picture of a rare bird near extinction, you can share that information with scientists and other people working to save that species.
Machine intelligence is already on the market today, used to augment what people can and cannot do. For example, several hardware packages can help you translate languages. They struggle, of course, with traditional idioms but other than that, they do pretty well. Imagine an intelligence-based system designed to improve human communication. I like to remember the original Star Trek series many years ago, as Capt. Kirk clicked on the universal translator and could understand the language of any other alien species. That's a form an application of intelligence that could provide incredible value.
An intelligence system designed to augment humans is a value proposition. So valuable that the race to build those systems is already underway. The thought of being able to help people lose the traditional ability to communicate and continue to communicate traditionally helps so many people. It is not the great plurality of humans; it's probably three to 10% of the global population. But then, when you throw in language, translation impacts 100% of the human population. Suppose we can understand each other, perhaps. Then, the world truly will be a smaller place. That, for me, is the ultimate value of machine intelligence.
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