Artificial Intelligence will be useful where Intelligence is!

Notes & Thoughts about Microsoft’s Publication “The Future Computed”

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The father of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Alan Turing had developed the perfect test to determine when a machine can be considered “intelligent”: When the person interacting with it (written form of communication back then), cannot be certain whether he is interacting with another human or in fact a machine.

The last Microsoft publication, from Brand Smith and Harry Shum, titled The Future Computed, is dealing with the present and the future of Artificial Intelligence but not in a transcendental way as the usual publications. What that means is that it doesn’t delve into impressive future projections but rather examines the steps we are taking right now, the way the framework for the following steps should be shaped and what changes it will bring.

That’s because, for the AI systems to develop, it is necessary to safeguard the principles, the policies and the laws for their responsible use. In this publication the writers support the claim that these systems should be fair, trustworthy, transparent and controllable. They highlight though that before we make new rules and laws for AI, we should provide clear answers in fundamental issues concerning them. The same way that for the improvement of the systems, the authorities should ensure full data access while also staying on top of matters such as the safeguarding of individuality and privacy.

Changes will bring changes

The changes that the evolution of AI will bring are sweeping and will be affecting all of our life spectrum, starting from our places of work. Smith and Shum are researching in depth the future of labor not only as a field of study but also in terms of working positions.

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