The future of AI
The digital ape
Artificial intelligence is described by Sir Nigel as “programmes inspired by ways that humans solve problems, applying something into the programme that allows it to be adaptive and to learn”. A seminal moment in the wider consciousness of AI was world-famous chess player Gary Kasparov’s defeat against ‘Deep blue’ AI technology in 1997.
In literature and Hollywood robots and AI have often been cast within a dystopian vision of the future – technology often being dramatized as “mad, bad and dangerous to know”.
However, Sir Nigel argues that “today’s AI is tomorrow’s computer science”. Elements of AI in our mobile phone applications, such as voice and facial recognition, pervade our daily lives. The notion of ‘new companions’ with personal digital assistants such as Alexa is another live example of how we are adapting to new technologies.
Sir Nigel helps us look further into the future and explores how we will handle and develop social norms to adapt technologies such as Google Duplex – an app that makes voice calls on your behalf - and whether these systems should declare what they are. We also discuss the introduction of technology into care homes, the accompanying social implications, and how we can learn to live in peace and be enhanced as ‘The Digital Apes’ of the future.