AI in the real world

A first look

When reading or hearing about artificial intelligence many people, (most of them in any case) regardless of age, first think of it in the context of a blockbuster Hollywood movie (Terminator, Yo Robot or Matrix franchises to name one of my favorites). Although we are beginning to experience a shift in this way of thinking, it is interesting to understand the reason behind it.

Throughout history, when human beings did not have the tools to carry out an idea, they used the means at their disposal to communicate or give shape to said idea, from drawings, writings and plans, to acting. In this sense, science fiction cinema holds a key place in current generations, since it is the main actor responsible for disseminating, training and generating debates on ideas for which there were no necessary tools for their materialization.

This makes me wonder.

What happens when, with the advancement of technology, the tools to carry out an idea begin to appear, which decades ago were only possible in shots or in cinema?

An answer to this question can be seen in the boom in drones of the last decade. The development and advances in energy storage (strongly pushed by the automotive industry and by the generation of clean energy) made available cheaper batteries, with low weight and with a high load capacity, which allowed the development of drones that would have otherwise not been produced. Drones are not an invention of the last decade, we can also see them in films such as Batteries Not Included (1987) by Steven Spielberg, but they have been able to materialize thanks to the fact that, when the time came, technological advance put on the table the necessary tools to its construction.

Therefore, if the cause for such a drone boom was the better energy storage capacity needed, what would be the holy grail for the development of AI? Simple, better computing capacity (an artificial intelligence needs an "artificial brain"), and the automotive industry together with the generation of clean energies strongly pushed the development of better batteries. The digitalization of the world in the last two decades was to a large extent responsible for putting processors and data centers (farms, clouds, etc.) on the table today, which are powerful enough for AI to take the first steps in the real world. Moreover, the important advances in quantum computing over the past few years have broadened the horizon of capabilities to which we can aspire.

This pertains only to the beginning of a general reflection on artificial intelligence, which we will undoubtedly continue. We also invite you to comment on your reflections, doubts, and general thoughts. Shall we continue the discussion?


-Cristian Scaiola

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