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The Age of AI

Posted on: December 26, 2019


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Would you take anything about artificial intelligence seriously if it was delivered by Robert Downey Jr (aka Tony Stark aka Iron Man)?

Well, he is the host a scripted eight-part documentary series, so the authenticity and accuracy of the content is subject to whoever curated and connected the most current information. The series is a “YouTube Original” but there is scant information beyond that.

The first episode focused on the development of digital consciousness, affective (emotional) computing, and human augmentation. The examples explored in this episode included a digital child (BabyX), customer service avatars, and advanced prosthetics.

One of the most important concepts to that a layperson might take away from the episode is that AI is not an independent and all-powerful entity. The best AI now is a combination of human and machine with the latter modelled on the former.

The other concept of capturing, augmenting, and improving upon human intelligence is how far we should go. This is the same question with another technological development — DNA manipulation.

The series seeks like a very promising one and I hope to catch the remaining episodes.

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