Robots today represent a great opportunity for innovation and growth, but also a serious threat to all workers. But is it true that these machines and, more generally, systems with artificial intelligence will steal our place in the world? How will it happen? And what about the consequence on our society?
What does thinking mean? Can machines think, or is it something that only humans can do? In this extract from his book “Artificial Intelligence. What everybody needs to know”, Jerry Kaplan discusses questions that, starting from the technological progress, touch the meaning of our existence itself, but remain – perhaps for now – unanswered.
Whether the website that finds you a date or the robot that cuts your grass will do it the same way you do doesn’t matter. It will get the job done more quickly, accurately, and at a lower cost than you possibly can.
Last May, the world champion of Go, Ke Jie, was defeated by a Google computer program called AlphaGo. Luigi Laura explains why the latest technological changes are the beginning of a new era