Speaking to Recode’s Kara Swisher and MSNBC’s Ari Melber, Pichai said AI is “one of the most important things that humanity is working on. It’s more profound than, I don’t know, electricity or fire,” adding that people learned to harness fire for the benefits of humanity, but also needed to overcome its downsides, too. Pichai also said that AI could be used to help solve climate change issues, or to cure cancer.
We are seeing some exciting things in the industry, Samsung’s massive 8K TVs apparently use AI to upscale lower resolution images for the big screen. Sony has created a new version of the Aibo robot dog, which this time promises more artificial intelligence. Travelmate’s robot suitcase will use AI to drive around and follow its owner wherever they go. Kohler has invented Numi, a toilet that has Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant built in etc.,
But despite all this, it does leave me wondering: is artificial intelligence really what we should be calling this revolution? Because, well, these technologies really aren’t all that intelligent at all. Of course, we are yet to answered the question what is intelligence? In really, what is acheived is build a model using trial and error that’s capable of guessing the answers to discrete questions very accurately, when these models are trained with huge dumps of samples (which is not always practical)
Of course, this is helping the startup industry to boom. We are seeing new use case patterns evolving. But this is just some good promising tech. I am not sure how much is real AI which we should be calling truly revolutionary, definitely not with Wheel and Fire…