(7 Jun 2019) LEADIN
Artificial Intelligence, or AI as it is often called, is a major technology trend, but at what cost ?
Chess master Gary Kasparov, who famously lost a chess match to a supercomputer in 1997, says we needn’t fear ‘intelligent’ machines.
The robots are coming.
These little cute robots, made by French company Softbank, can be used for a lot of things. They could give information at airports, check you into a hospital or do a little dance for your amusement.
The key to them is that they have artificial intelligence that lets them solve problems, a bit like a human.
Artificial intelligence, or AI as it is most often called, is the big buzzword in the technology community.
The robots are a visual example of AI in action, but most AI will be invisible to humans.
It could be machines that learn the patterns of the traffic flow in a city and adjusts the traffic light patterns to prevent congestion.
Or it could be chat robots online that answer your questions, very much like a human would.
Or even more mundane, a virtual machine that does your taxes.
Scary? Some people think so. Tesla founder and tech celebrity Elon Musk has said that he is afraid of AI.
One person that has some experience with intelligent machines is Garry Kasparov.
The former Chess world Champion lost a game of chess to a supercomputer called Deep Blue in 1997.
“Machines are getting faster and you would call it smarter,” he says.
“….today I remind people that a free chess app on their mobile device is stronger than Deep Blue. But its not just about machines getting faster or stronger. It is about us actually inventing new interfaces.
Because at the end of the day, the machines still have their limitations. And the art of the future development is how to give an opportunity for humans to inject and invest our unique human qualities to compensate for machines deficiencies.”
“Because no machine will ever be 100 percent performance, it doesn’t exist in universe.”
Kasparov doesn’t fear a rampant AI in the future.
He says that smarter and more powerful machines have even helped the game of chess, bringing it to the masses in a way that wasn’t possible before.
“Actually, today there is even more excitement for the general public to watch. Because when I played Anatoly Karpov, 30 years ago, the public didn’t understand what we were doing. Because they looked at the board and it was like two saints playing at a chess board and even grandmasters were afraid to criticise us,” he says.
“Today every amateur could just look at a computer screen and say ‘ahh – Magnus Carlsen, world champion, made a big mistake because the machine tells you.”
“So, it’s annoying for me as a former world champion that some total amateurs can criticise the big players but at the same time it enables millions of people to follow the game.”
The “We are developers” conference is the “World’s largest developers conference” according to the organisers.
Around 10 000 software developers attend, and take part in over 250 workshops.
One legendary software developer at the conference is Joel Spolsky.
He developed the Trello management software and was a program manager at Microsoft. He now runs a software support platform called “Stack Overflow”
He turns somewhat ironic when speaking about AI
“I personally welcome our new AI overlords. I think that they will do a great job. And I support them in their mission,” he says with a smile.
Another legendary developer at the show is John Romero.
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