Scientists have often talked about the ‘singularity’, the event where artificial intelligence will become smarter than humans and trigger runaway technological growth for our society. While many have predicted the event would happen by 2040, recent developments in AI and machine learning mean that scientists have revised their estimate to as soon as 2029.
It’s not just AI and machine learning that will change though, as this advance in computational thinking will impact our manufacturing industries. With AI eventually being able to out think us, we’ll see machines undertake projects without our consent. While we already see some automation in the automotive, general manufacturing and food industries, AI will eventually take complete control.
Speaking at the HP Reinvent Partner Forum, HP Chief Technology Officer Shane Wall compared modern computer and manufacturing technologies to the death of film. Thirty years ago, pictures were taken on film and then sent off for processing. “Today, you cannot find film anywhere. Not in Africa. Not in India. Something similar would happen to the $12 trillion manufacturing worldwide.” Wall, and others, believe that the rapid changes in AI will further accelerate this change to the point where machines will be building other machines completely without the aide of humans.
The technology obviously has the potential to massively disrupt our way of life. With AI eventually being able to conduct and perform most jobs, we could see massive unemployment worldwide. With this, things such as universal basic income would have to be considered. That said, it could lead to a utopian future like Star Trek, where money no longer exists, and we simply pursue things that interest us while machines do all the work. But, if Elon Musk is right, it could also lead to World War III.
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Source: Financial Express