Growing up watching shows like “The Jetsons” made it seem like we would all be living a futuristic life by now with flying cars and robot maids. Since the average person still drives or walks to work and school, cleans up after themselves and most advanced piece of technology they own is their cellphone, the Jetson life began to seem a little far-fetched to the average American; until the era of artificial intelligence slowly began to creep upon our society.
Most people were blown away by the creation of the hover board a few years back, which everyone seemed to obnoxiously use to roll their way around the local grocery store and compose choreography to make viral Youtube videos.
Although very innovative, the hover board and smartphone are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what is on the horizon for the artificial intelligence industry.
Serial investor and highly respected business man, Mark Cuban, has stated on various occasions that the idea of artificial intelligence scares him. In February of 2017 Cuban with an interview with Jason Hirschorn at the Upfront Summit that if you do not learn artificial intelligence and machine learning within the next three years that you will be aged out of the workforce and essentially become a dinosaur. In this same interview the entrepreneur continues on to explain that he is also fearful of what is going to happen to the workforce in the next 5-10 years due to automation, stating that he feels even programming will be at risk of being automated.
“I am telling you, the world’s first trillionaires are going to come from somebody who masters artificial intelligence and all of its derivatives and applies it in ways we never thought of.” –Mark Cuban
Most people would think that it’ll be impossible to become a trillionaire. Is trillion even a real number? Well, with the innovation of artificial intelligence it’s about to become one of the realest and most powerful numbers we have ever experienced in mankind.
Fast forward to July 2017 where Cuban is later having made this cautionary quote:
“If you are in a job where you have to think, you need to start paying attention, because I guarantee you, your employer is trying to figure out ways to use technology and use neural networks to do a lot of the thinking that employees currently are doing.
If you have spreadsheets in your job, now, the networks can do all that for you. And if they can go through 10 zillion iterations, they will come up with things we can’t.”
Technology icon, Elon Musk, says that he is also scared of that artificial intelligence and how it will affect us. Musk stated that he has access to the most cutting edge and innovative artificial intelligence in the world and that it is “…a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization.”
Despite what his billionaire counterparts have to say in their cautionary, and rather terrifying projections, Mark Zuckerberg feels that artificial intelligence will make our lives better, faster and safer.
From things as simple as the self-check-out lane at Walmart to the first artificial intelligence church and smart vacuums, the future of our society is the most unknown that it has ever been before in history.
We are on the cusp of a new era, and like most, all we can do is pray the innovation is done with good intentions.