Could our sci-fi movies be right? Are the machines taking over? Even though these questions are somewhat laudable one cannot dismiss the fact that the high rate of incoming AI-based devices is eroding the world may one day prove Sci-fi movies right.
However, the machines are not taking over… at least for now. Although, there are gradually becoming a part of our lives; they are affecting how we work, entertain or live our lives. From underlying, first tech like suggestive searches, autonomously based self-driving vehicles with boasting powerful predictive abilities to voice-powered personal assistants such as Alexa and Siri, one thing for sure is there are many applications of AI in use today.
Nonetheless, we have not seen the full potentials of what can be done with artificial intelligence; I dare say we are still scratching the surface. What the major companies are referring to AI today is not 100% AI; there are a lot of things, possibilities this new-age tech can do. According to R.L Adams (Software Engineer and Founder and curator of WanderlustWorker.com), “I can claim that any piece of software has A.I. due to an algorithm that responds based on pre-defined multi-faceted input or user behavior. That isn’t necessarily A.I.”
He further explained, “A real artificially intelligent system is one that can learn on its own; without much-need effort from us. We are referring to neural networks from the likes of Google’s DeepMind, which can make connections and reach meanings without depending on pre-defined behavioral algorithms. A True A.I. can improve on past iterations, getting smarter and more aware, allowing it to enhance its capabilities and its knowledge.”
“That type of A.I., the kind that we see in wonderful stories depicted on television through the likes of HBO’s powerful and moving series, Westworld, or Alex Garland’s, Ex Machina, is still way off. We’re not talking about that. At least, not yet. Today, we’re talking about the pseudo-A.I. technologies that are driving much of our voice and non-voice based interactions with the machines- the machine-learning phase of the Digital Age.” He said.
Tech giants like Tesla, Apple and Facebook are bringing out amazing updates and innovative changes to how people communicate with Machine Language (ML)while companies like Apple, Facebook, and Tesla rollout ground-breaking updates and revolutionary changes to how we interact with machine-learning technology, many of us still do not understand how artificial intelligence is used today by businesses.
This leads us to ask questions; how much impact will Artificial Intelligence have on our future lives? What other roles can AI play in our daily routines? When we stop scratching the surface and dig deep into the “AI mine,” how much improvement will it have on the present successive approximations of technology.
Artificial Intelligence vs. Quantum Computing
Irrespective of our stance in Artificial Intelligence, the fact remains the same; the reality is that we cannot stop AI’s evolution. We always have the burning desire to everything we lay our hands or could think of, and technology is no exceptions.
Technology is “simply” a tool for feeding our insatiable lust for evolution. Come to think of it, if the best one hundred years could experience a drastic technological significant change, imagine what this world will be in the next one hundred years; one thing is sure, it will be in the hands of AI. Furthermore, Artificial Intelligence is growing faster, smarter with more fluid, and human-like because of the rise of quantum computing.
Quantum Computers, good or bad?
Adams stated that, “Quantum computers will not only solve all of life’s most complex problems and mysteries regarding the environment, war, famine, aging, disease, poverty, the origins of the universe and deep-space exploration, just to name a few, it’ll soon power all of our A.I. systems, acting as the brains of these super-human machines.”
Nonetheless, QC still holds its risk; what do you think will happen if the first quantum computer launches online, and makes the rest of world’s out-of-date? How can we protect already existing structures from the threat of quantum computers?
Regarding the fact that we lack strong QRC-quantum resistant cryptography, how do top companies protect their highly sensitive assets from disgruntled employees, or rogue competitors trying to snag the “juice” from them using quantum computers to hack into their system?
“All of the world’s digital security is essentially broken. The internet will not be secure, as we rely on algorithms which are broken by quantum computers to secure our connections to websites, download emails and everything else.
Even updates to phones and downloading applications from App stores will be broken and unreliable. Banking transactions via chip-and-PIN could [also] be rendered insecure (depending on exactly how the system is implemented in each country).” Nigel Smart (founder of Dyadic Security, and VP of the International Association of Cryptologic Research), in conversation with Adams.
In conclusion, we cannot stop a determined group of tech whiz using quantum computers without a formidable quantum resistant cryptography. However, the future of technology puts us in an unavoidable dilemma; it gives us the power to solve all artificial intelligence system in this world, but can also plague us if misused.
To answer the question, there are two sides to every coin, and if we are going to maximize the benefit of quantum computers to improve AI, we should be ready to receive the negative parts it brings to us. The best solution we could do now is to find ways to create strong QRC as technology evolves.