I’m not sure how I feel about it
I recently read the book “Age of AI” by Henry Kissinger, Eric Schmidt, and Daniel Huttenlocher. It raised a lot of interesting ideas about artificial intelligence and what our potential future holds with this technology. What stuck out the most for me was the idea that AI and machine learning can reason in ways that are well beyond our ability to grasp or understand. For instance, the AI that learned chess and was able to develop strategies and ways of playing that nobody, even chess masters, had ever conceived. Mind blowing.
The AI that mastered chess opened up the game of chess in ways that hadn’t been explored yet by anyone, and in ways people did not think was possible!
What is most eye-opening, for me, was when I had the opportunity to take an online survey that gauged my ability to determine whether or not a piece of music was composed by an AI or a human. This survey would play samples of classical music and then ask if you thought it was composed by an AI or a human. Since I have a background in music I thought this would be pretty easy. In my mind, there is no way a machine can provide the “feel” that a human can when writing music.
I could not have been more wrong about my ability to determine what was composed by machine or what was composed by human!
There were some samples that were obvious, but there were many that I was certain were composed by a human but later found out they were composed by AI. I was shocked because some of the songs had such emotional feeling to them that made me think that only a human could have written it. Go ahead and check out Spotify or Apple music for some examples of AI composed pieces. If you haven’t done that yet, I think you will be in for a surprise.
What does this mean?
It is clear that AI has the ability to process information in ways we never thought possible for a machine. We are still a long ways off from understanding AI and its implications, but the reality is that it is starting to become more and more a part of our lives. This doesn’t mean that Skynet is taking over, but we are entering into a really interesting time in technological history.
What do you think? Do you find this idea of machines reasoning in ways beyond our understanding scary or exciting?