Our vision: artificial intelligence is a powerful tool aimed at giving humans superpowers
Despite the significant headway made by the Artificial Intelligence technology, in our opinion, there is more than one meaning of intelligence behind this moniker. There is more than one type of intelligence, each for a specific field. On the contrary, one has made very little progress when it comes to singularity (that moment when machines are considered more intelligent than humans). For instance, teaching common sense to a device is still an unfathomable challenge.
One obtains better results when combining humans with machines. Since 1997, a computer has been able to beat the best human chess player. Garry Kasparov’s defeat against the Deep Blue computer was the reason for the famous movie “The Man Vs. The Machine”. However, it is not impossible to beat a computer at chess, that is if you resort to another computer. As the general intelligence of AI is still limited, the human-machine pair remains the best of both worlds.
Artificial intelligence is a trigger for disruption
Contrary to popular belief, artificial intelligence is not a recent technology. AI is a subject that dates back to the 1950s, and many companies have been working with it for a long time. Indeed, digital has been used for tasks that can be easily modeled, before gradually being applied to human problems, which are much less so. If artificial intelligence has been around for so long, why is it so popular now? There are two reasons for this:
- Firstly, it is the result of a revolution that will be at least as disruptive as the invention of the Internet. The Internet also existed for a very long time before all and sundry favored it. The Web browser, and later ADSL, have allowed everyone to connect from home, although initially, the Internet had a purely military or scientific use. The emergence of social networks and other tools in the workplace (email, cloud computing, online backups, etc.) and mobility (smartphones, tablets, etc.) have made the Internet essential to all users. The same stands true for artificial intelligence, the usage of which is only nascent despite its respectable age.
- Secondly, we are still witnessing the evolution of the two necessary ingredients for the explosion of artificial intelligence. On the one hand, data collection and intrinsic data accuracy: we have never collected so much data before. The more information there is the more advanced AI will be. On the other hand, computing power continues to evolve. Despite a potential slowdown in Moore’s law, according to which the performance of the best processors on the market doubles every two years thanks to technological progress, this increase in power makes it possible to process all of the available data.