With Siri and Google Assistant in our pockets ready to mingle with lonely people like us whenever we are bored, AI has come a long way. We can expect major advancements in this exciting and promising area with companies like Google, IBM, Apple investing heavily into projects like DeepMind and Machine Learning. Currently, at this point in time, AI has the ability to outperform humans in these areas.
Take a look at the GaussianFace, an algorithm which beats humans at recognizing faces. When we thought that wasn’t even near possible, facial recognition has been now dominated by computers performing the task more efficiently than us. The GaussianFace algorithm is capable of comparing two images in proper light conditions to check if it’s the same person or not, even when you shake up those conditions a little, such as lighting, poses and expressions. And it can achieve with 98.52% accuracy with humans trailing at 97%.
IBM’s AI system named Watson, managed to beat two top all time champions at a game of Jeopardy. For those of you who don’t know what a game of Jeopardy is, it is one of those shows with a quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of answers, and they must phrase their responses in the form of questions. Now, take a minute to absorb the fact that a computer was smart enough to beat the top two champions at it. I know, I am pretty surprised myself.
Personally I hate losing a game of Chess, and to lose to a computer makes me want to flip the board in dismay and cry in the corner. That’s what the Deep Blue does, a computer which can beat humans at Chess. Deep Blue was a chess-playing computer developed by IBM. It is known for being the first computer chess-playing system to win both a chess game and a chess match against a reigning world champion under regular time controls.
Reached down into your pocket and grab your phone, and in there you have your very own personal AI assistant. She might not be as smart like you and me, but she sure is faster than us at finding information, scheduling and performing everyday tasks such as even calling our moms. Siri and Google Assistant have opened our minds to the idea that we don’t have to be tethered to a laptop to have seamless interaction with information. We can expect that they will move from speech recognition to natural language interaction, to natural language generation, and eventually to an ability to write as well as receive information sooner or later.
Machine learning is about man assisting computers. Deep learning is about systems beginning to progress and learn on their own. Deep Learning has already taken its first baby steps in key areas such as Algorithms, Datasets and Compute. With software such as Cypher that can make Siri or Google Assistant hear you and provide human-like conversations, and Skymind, a company developing an open-source deep-learning library for Java, along with tools for implementation for Data Collection and analysis. This area of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Computing has had huge developments in the past few months, where the ability of computers to be more independent from humans and do more unaided/unassisted learning. It won’t be long now till computers are the ones that teach us.