Artificial Intelligence is already intertwined with so many aspects of life – commerce, jobs, and even hobbies usually have some influence from AI.
AI is constantly evolving, and the numbers involved are staggering. It's thought the global AI market value will reach $267 billion by 2027, whilst AI is expected to contribute $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030. With that in mind, it’s worth taking a look at how AI will change the world in the (near) future, either for better or for worse.
Let’s check out some of the most influential books regarding the future of AI and what we should expect.
The Emotion Machine: Commonsense Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of the Human Mind - Marvin Minsky
In order to understand how AI works, we should focus our thoughts on how the human mind works and what types of mind activity we have. This way, we can break down the process and look at kinds of thought, which range from instinctive to more complex. The better we understand this, the better we can build machines that use AI that can assist humankind, and even - according to Minsky – have the potential to become conscious. “The Emotion Machine” includes more than 20 different mental processes that create human consciousness. How many can AI get up to?
The Future Is Faster Than You Think - Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler
“The Future Is Faster Than You Think” covers tech in a pretty broad way, but has plenty to say about how AI will transform our society as well. As the title indicates, technology is never stationary; it’s constantly adapting and improving in order to keep up with the changes in the world. The technologies we use today are going to be different tomorrow – so how will that affect us and the way we do things now? “The Future Is Faster Than You Think” is a great way to take a peek at the future and the imminent changes that technology and AI are going to bring.
Driven: The Race to Create the Autonomous Car - Alex Davies
Doesn’t it sound nice to be able to drive without having to drive? It does - right up until the AI in the car fails, and you end up in an accident that you weren’t responsible for. Autonomous or self-driving cars are already on the roads, and while companies such as Tesla have had some issues with safety, the cars, their AI, and the human teams behind them are all leveling up. Safe, reliable autonomous vehicles aren’t just a dream anymore: they’ll be a reality soon enough. It’s important to see the history, though, which “Driven” does very well and in great detail.
Singularity Rising: Surviving and Thriving in a Smarter, Richer, and More Dangerous World - James D. Miller
Let’s go back - Ray Kurzweil's “The Singularity is Near” describes the Singularity as a probable future that’s much different from what we can comprehend or imagine. As leaders eagerly look forward to it, “Singularity Rising” takes a look at the implications of the upcoming singularity. While some of the predictions seem quite optimistic, such as society becoming wealthier overall, Miller also plays with the idea of AI making human wages drop to nearly nothing while investors make more money than ever. All in all, the predictions in “Singularity Rising” do indeed seem possible.
The Artificial Intelligence Citizen Book - Samer Obeidat
Al and mass automation have been changing the way we interact with the world around us for years, and now we have to keep up. “The Artificial Intelligence Citizen Book” takes a look at how AI has been incorporated into business, politics, essentially every aspect of our lives, and its relationship with Industry 4.0. It also explains how to take advantage of AI in order to create an AI strategy for businesses.
Clearly, artificial intelligence is going to create a future that humankind didn’t expect decades ago. It’s now up to humankind to understand and properly take advantage of it.
Exclusively written for AIQOM by Jessica Brady