Why are we teaching robots everything we know, and have we learned nothing from I, Robot?
In this series, Silvija and Morten introduce artificial intelligence to the regular ol’ person on the street, or Ola Nordmann, as we say in Norway. The goal is to give you a different approach to AI, making it more obtainable and easier to grasp. More like driving a car. While Silvija exploits (her own words, not mine) Mortens knowledge on AI, we want you to exploit us by taking this masterclass.
But first of why is AI important, and why do you need to know it? And even more importantly, will AI take over the world, and Will Smith be the only one able to save us?
When you talk to Alexa or Siri, there are several layers of AI before they get back to you. You give her a question or perhaps a command to beatbox (we love the entertainment), and AI then tries to find the answer for you. Sometimes they succeed, more often not.
Let us debunk the myth of AI becoming smarter than us by the complicated yet simple fact that humans are social beings. We can ask ourselves why you asked us that question, which is beyond AI capability. This fact is also why AI has already mastered the world of chess but not poker.
Why did that shady guy in sunglasses just bid that much, you wonder?
Is he bluffing, or is he bluffing that he is bluffing? Chess is mathematical, systematic, and has predictable outcomes based on your next move. The human mind reaches a limit to how many of these outcomes it can predict and store while playing, but when AI plays chess, it can predict many more outcomes much faster. Suddenly we can learn from the same system we taught to become better chess players. Still, not in a creepy, let's take over the world kind of way.
AI can be complicated to understand and even more so learn. It’s all about finding the suitable learning format for the right person. Wait, imagine if we could use this for academic learning? Yep, totally possible.
Early in the first episode, Morten says most people know how to drive a car, but only a few people know how the motor works. This sentence makes me nod in silence and think of all the other technology and devices I take for granted. It works - I do not need to learn it nor understand how it works. But knowledge is power, and artificial intelligence is here to stay. Accepting this fact and embracing it can take you far.
Rounding off, I want to take us back to the essence of this masterclass. - Understanding what artificial intelligence can do and take that new knowledge to get an advantage on your own. There are countless resources out there, and Morten and Silvija share many of them in this series. Whether you are completely new to the game, or ready to throw yourself into competitions. Hopefully, I was simultaneously able to reassure you of still needing Will Smith, but only on the big screen. Ai ai? Happy lørning!