Expert: artificial intelligence will evolve against all odds

Jan 27, 2017

Expert: artificial intelligence will evolve against all odds

Andrew Eun, a founder of the popular online courses resource Coursera, an expert at Google Brain and the head of the project for the AI development at Baidu, said that the industry of artificial intelligence has crossed the "point of no return" and would now develop in any case, even it scared someone. The expert told how artificial intelligence will lead to the emergence of a new economic model and how much public chat bots are valued by users in different regions.

New economic model

According to the specialist, the AI will perform routine and tedious work in the future, while people will be able to focus on more important and interesting tasks. The main problem for humanity in future is not the loss of jobs because of the intelligent robots, but because of the inability to find a job due to a lack of useful knowledge and skills. This problem is partially solved through the online courses and the introduction of an unconditional basic income, which will allow people to learn new skills.

In the future world, AI will be implemented in all industries. It has already changed the IT, search engines, advertising, translation methods and image recognition. And, this is just the beginning. By the way, in Baidu many processes are carried out by AI technologies.

Interaction with intelligent assistants

Earlier this year, the Chinese Baidu company presented its Little Fish - an intelligent assistant, which unlike other similar developments (Amazon Echo) has the screen. And, it is not a random decision - according to experts, users better perceive visual information rather than voice data. Besides, in most of the cases it is better to show something once than describe it for a long time. For example, when ordering food home, it is more comfortable to view 50 images of the dishes than listen to the description of 50 menu items, having no idea how they all look cooked.

Andrew Eun also said that Asian people and the Americans have a different perception of personal assistants. The former try to establish "friendly" relations with the devices, often having a small talk with them. Japanese developers have even released Gatebox – a holographic program, which looks like a pretty young girl. Since it cares about the user and one can easily talk to her about life, it is already perceived as a "robot wife".

The expert believes that such a "friendly" attitude towards virtual assistants has become the main reason for the popularity of interactive interfaces.

But, in the US market, Tay and Zo type smart bots by Microsoft are not as popular as in Asian countries. In USA, useful functional devices are valued more.

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