Artificial Intelligence: Throwback 2017

So, we’re in the last month of the year, bracing ourselves for those annual resolutions, terrible New-Year jokes and digital nostalgia. But before you and I shut off our senses and social media to protect ourselves from all those nuclear nonsensities, it’s time to have a bit of #throwback. Not the instagram ones with stock captions of “#majormissing #takemethere”, but rather, something that sounds artificial, but is very, very much real in the context of shaping the upcoming years! We’re of course, talking of Artificial Intelligence – the AI that is actually taking off, unlike its abbreviation-namesake in India…

Let’s have a quick look at the timeline of 7 events that made everyone stand up and take note of the most exciting tech-kid on the block…

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» AI Beats Humans At Poker

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Last year, AlphaGo made headlines for being the first AI to beat a human Go master. Come 2017, the AI juggernaut rolls on. Libratus, an AI designed to excel at Poker, just beat 4 of the best Poker players in the world. By a margin of – wait for it – $1.7 MILLION! That’s right. Even as the world cries over how foreigners come steal their jobs and money, a new money-stealer is already on the horizon. Watch out…

https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/artificial-intelligence/ai-learns-from-mistakes-to-defeat-human-poker-players

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» Microsoft releases AI-enabled app for the blind

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Trust Mr. Benevolent Gates to usher in AI for the purpose it should be intended for – helping mankind. Microsoft launched SeeingAI, an app on the Apple store, to enable the blind to “see” what’s in front of them. The AI understands its surroundings and then describes it to the blind user by way of voice functionality. Smooth! Way to go, Microsoft. Maybe try and make MS Word as smooth too… #JustSaying

https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/12/microsoft-app-blind-see-ai-seeingai/

»Two In a Tango: Elon Musk vs Mark Zuckerberg

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When two of the world’s most dynamic young leaders and innovators debate over an issue, everyone better stand up and take notice! Earlier this year, SpaceX founder Elon Musk and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had a difference in opinion over AI, with Musk dubbing AI as “a greater threat to mankind than North Korea”. Mark lambasted him as “being a naysayer” and “spreading doomsday rumours”. Musk retorted back at him, tweeting “his knowledge of the subject is limited”. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? While the jury is still out there, it surely has spruced up the debate that has been going on ever since AI first broke on to the world stage…

http://money.cnn.com/2017/07/25/technology/elon-musk-mark-zuckerberg-ai-artificial-intelligence/index.html 

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» Facebook shuts down its AI bots after they create their own language

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Even as the 2 stalwarts debated on the issue of AI, a month later, Facebook had to shut down a part of its AI program. Why? Because the bots started developing their own language! Suckers of the popular movie Terminator went berzerk with their comparisons of this incident with the Skynet AI portrayed in the movie. To be perfectly honest, robots doing their own thing… does sound pretty spooky doesn’t it? Well, the end had to come some day… #PrayForYourSinsMortals!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/08/01/facebook-shuts-robots-invent-language/

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» Rahul Gandhi goes for AI conference, gets trolled royally!

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When “RaGa” and “intelligence” are used in the same sentence… kidding – they never are (duh!). So when Rahul Gandhi, already famous (read: notorious) among the Twitterati as “Pappu” announced that he would be speaking in a US conference on AI, the nation couldn’t be faulted for trolling him right-left-centre in 140 characters! As expected, Indians lost huge amounts of oxygen laughing their guts out at the irony of the situation. Sometimes, it feels sad seeing him face such harshness. After all, he is the only one who wakes up in the morning, at night… #TheRealArtificiallyIntelligent

https://www.mensxp.com/social-hits/news/39364-twitter-guffaws-as-rahul-gandhi-plans-a-visit-to-the-us-to-discuss-artificial-intelligence.html

» Apple forays into AI with Iphone X

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At the much-celebrated 10th year anniversary of the Iphone, Apple made one small step that may one day prove to be the giant leap for mankind. Unveiling the new, much-hyped Iphone X, Apple made a foray into AI, by instilling in its A11 bionic chip a form of neural AI that can accurately scan and recognize human faces, without the need of a cloud-based system or internet! Although the technology is still in its nascent stages, Apple has once again set the benchmark when it comes to innovation. With competition growing by the day, expect more research and development in this field in the upcoming years. The ultimate winners? The consumers!

https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/13/16300464/apple-iphone-x-ai-neural-engine

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» AI makes ground-breaking progress (pun intended!)

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At the fag end of the year, scientists managed to breakthrough in what might be one of the biggest life-saving technologies on earth! While it has been a centuries-long attempt by mankind to predict catastrophes and take precautionary measures, the efforts just got a major shot in the arm by AI, which managed to identify and pick-up seismic signals long before an earthquake was about to occur. Seeing as these signals had never been recognized before by existing technologies, scientists naturally are drooling at the prospect of finally having achieved the Holy Grail of modern geology!

http://www.news18.com/news/tech/new-ai-system-can-predict-earthquakes-1554255.html

It’s no secret that AI is the future of mankind. Chatbots are now passe, Japan is doing what only Japan can do – talk about sex robots. Facebook is testing newer AI, Tesla is foraying into self-driven cars… suffice to say that being human is so ‘normie’ now! Even as the debate forages on, one thing is certain – 2017 heralded a new era of advanced AI which is sure to impact our lives like never before. Read this and you’ll realize just how…

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