The rise of Artificial Intelligence is either a revolutionary game-changer or the biggest threat to civilisation, depending on who you're asking. As the world awakens to the possibilities of AI, we stand at the threshold of a new era where machines and humans coexist in an intricate dance of innovation and progress. Three heavy users – Misch Strotz, Julie Wieland and Sebastian Zimmerhackl – share their thoughts, hopes and worries.
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The concept of AI has been around for centuries, with roots dating back to ancient Greek mythology and the legend of Pygmalion, a sculptor who created a statue that was so lifelike it came to life. However, the modern field of Artificial Intelligence as we know it today began to take shape in the 1950s, with the development of the first digital computers and the idea of creating machines that could simulate human intelligence.
In recent years, there has been a rapid advancement in technology and computing and a significant increase in the amount of data available for training AI systems, which has made it possible to build more accurate and effective models. Remember AlphaGo? This computer program that was designed to play the board game Go made headlines in 2016 when it defeated the world champion Go player Lee Sedol in a five-game match, becoming the first computer program to defeat a professional human player at the game. This achievement demonstrated the ability of AI to perform tasks that require high levels of strategic thinking and decision making.
The development of self-driving cars and deepfake technology used in videos are other examples to illustrate the capabilities of Artificial Intelligence. There has been a growing recognition of the potential benefits of AI in various fields, including healthcare, finance and manufacturing, which has led to increased investment in AI research and development. This year, AI has definitely entered the mainstream.
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