What is artificial intelligence?
Artificial intelligence is already on everyone’s lips, but few people know what it is. How does it work? How far can it go? What are its limitations? We will try to answer these questions.
It is the most important revolution in technology since computing was invented. Artificial intelligence is going to change everything (it is already doing it), although we are not clear when, or how … or why. It is the great paradox of AI. Everyone talks about it, but few know how it works, or what it really does. In this article we are going to try to explain what it is in a clear and simple way, to understand the basic concepts and discover its possibilities.
The ability for machines to think and reason on their own may be the most important advance in technology in recent centuries, but it also represents a real danger to Humanity. Because computers today control nuclear power plants, light supply, armed missiles … What if one day an artificial intelligence decides that humans are not necessary? It sounds like a bad science fiction movie, but it’s a fear shared by some of the brightest minds of our time, from Bill Gates or Elon Musk to the longed-for Stephen Hawking.
One of the fathers of artificial intelligence, Marvin Lee Minsky, was convinced that AI would save Humanity. But he also prophesied in 1970: “When computers take over, we may no longer be able to regain it. We will survive as long as they tolerate us. If we are lucky, they may decide to keep us as their pets.” And he said that before there was home computing and the Internet … what does everyone have to say is the greatest advance of our time, but at the same time the greatest threat?