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A Brief Introduction To Artificial Intelligence For Normal People

In recent times, the topic of artificial intelligence has become a source of heavy debate in  major tech scenes including the famous Silicon Valley.

For tech developers like myself who are very much involved in the industry, there has been a feeling of immense momentum building up around Artificial Intelligence and any topic even related to it by the remotest of possibilities.

Because of this, quite a large number of tech companies have started adopting and building Artificial Intelligence into the very essence of their operations.

This massive movement has not been restricted to just tech companies. Even universities have started experiencing a spike in the number of AI related courses being offered.

These courses are enjoying a very massive audience of students. Each year, thousands and thousands of fresh talent around the country enroll in these courses In a bid to get more familiar with this wonderful world.

This can be simply written away as just another instance of confirmation bias but the observer would be wrong. Interest in Artificial Intelligence is not a new occurrence. It has been on a steady rise since the middle of 2014.

The interest in this world of immense possibilities is only going to increase as time goes by. Of course all of these tech developments will be extremely confusing and complex to the layman.

A lot of uninformed readers will most likely believe that the sudden interest in Artificial Intelligence is only going to be a very regrettable mistake.

The sole reason for this erroneous belief can be attributed to the influence of movies like Terminator and Android Apocalypse. This is because these movies present the topic of Artificial Intelligence to be something worthy of concern.

The uninformed audience can readily believe that the only thing this will achieve is an apocalyptic takeover by self aware Androids who want to bring an end to our existence as humans.

This will be the end of the human race as we know it, just as the Skynet based obliteration occurred in the Terminator movies.

Another erroneous belief is that all humans would instead metamorphose into wholly digital entities that will exist in some form of cloud based artificial world or mainframe. To these naysayers, movies like The Matrix and the Terminator series will end up being prophetic.

But really, how are we supposed to react to this new and controversial development? Should we embrace it whole heartedly or are we to be worried by the new self aware robots?

Will Robots Take Over The World

I developed interest in the ongoing discussion on Artificial Intelligence in late 2014. When I first arrived on the scene, I knew next to nothing about AI technology.

The tech industry has been my domain for a period that extends longer that 20 years and I have maintained a main interest in web technologies.

However, my primary college degree was awarded for English Literature and as a result of this, I often neglected the science behind the industry to focus more on the creative and business aspects.

My attraction to the field of Artificial Intelligence was as a result of the news of its positive potential. However, warning alarms sounded at the back of my mind when I considered the apocalyptic warnings voiced by notable voices like Stephen Hawking.

He warned of the possibilities of the human race heading towards an apocalyptic future and this served to raise the level of concern given to the subject by people in the industry.

This made me resort to my default method for dealing with issues like this. I decided to learn more about this because that knowledge would help me understand it better.

This period was followed by a year of listening, constant reading, tinkering, studying, talking, and watching. This gave me some valuable insight into the expansive world of Artificial Intelligence.

I will proceed to share this knowledge with you over the rest of this article. I believe that you will transcend the knowledge base of the average citizen when you do this.

How The Machines Have Learned To Learn

The very first thing that shocked me was that artificial intelligence is in no ways a new occurrence. Artificial Intelligence as an industry term has been in operation since 1956.

During this same period, it has experienced a lot of busts and booms.

The 1960s proved to be a very productive time for Artificial Intelligence, productive because this was a period in which it experienced a lot of funding.

Corporations, universities, and Western countries were stepping over themselves in an attempt to throw a lot of funds and personnel into this sector. This was all because they believed that It offered possibilities of a wonderful new world of opportunities.

However, all of this enthusiasm slowly fizzled out when the major players in the field were not coming out with convincing results. The little they had to show for the years of funding was little more than lackluster progress.

The 1970s then experienced a period of slow progress. This is because little by little, the enthusiastic sponsors started backing out little by little. There was then not much funding to pursue this aspect.

However, there was a renewed interest in AI technology in the 1980s. This was the same age that computers became more popular for mainstream uses and the two technologies often came into contact.

This boom was almost reminiscent of the 1960s because of the massive funding that was poured into this industry.

However, it still turned out to be a bust and interest gradually fizzled out.