The data revolution is picking its pace. With extensive processing and storing capacity, technology will grace its way to the dawn of new brilliant ages. The technique of mimicking human intelligence in computing is called Artificial Intelligence (AI). It uses various logics, decision trees, etc. Machine Learning (ML) is a subset of AI, which, by statistical methodologies, improves machines processing capability of tasks with experience. Deep Learning (DL) is a part of ML, consisting of algorithms that permit the software to train itself by exposing it to a multilayered neural network to vast amounts of data. AI technology was first introduced in the mid 20th century, but the public brushed it off as science-fiction. Later, the unexpected data revolution proved them wrong by bringing AI to reality.
While AI has been created to benefit, it can lead to unnecessary consequences. One such incident took place back in 2017 when Facebook encountered a creepy AI problem, where two chatbots created their own language for communication. Facebook shut the two chatbots down immediately. Usually, chatbots would be allowed to interact with each other to improvise conversational abilities. However, here rather than English, the chatbots generated an even simpler combination to communicate with each other, which led to creating a new language that would be understood by themselves alone.
Moving on to innovative and creative contributions, Gil Weinberg, the founding director of the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, has worked with AI to create their first robot, which was named Shimon. It is a marimba-playing robot with four arms. It uses ML, which helps find patterns in music and recreate its style by morphing music and playing music on a whole new level that humans would ever achieve. You can listen to Shimon’s piece on the Spotify music cross-platform in the name Shimon the robot. This idea sought enormous attention, and also Shimon performed in various symphonies around the world. Gil is from a non-engineering background. Still, his curiosity over technology and his incredible tech team made things possible. Not only this, Gil helped empower disabled musicians by providing them prosthetic arms called Skywalker arms – a device inspired by the prosthesis featured in the Star Wars movie franchise. This technology from Georgia Tech has brought the world of prosthetics one step closer to Luke Skywalker’s bionic hand. It functions using ultrasound technology combined with DL and can achieve individual finger control – a function rarely found in commercial prosthetic arms that use electromyography (EMG) technology. This EMG technology could only let the user grip or open all five fingers all at once.
Even though there are anomalies in AI, it’s in our hands to use it wisely in a secure way to create a sustainable, inclusive, and better world for everyone. With proper research, technology can create higher possibilities for the betterment of humanity.
The article is written by Threga.