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6 Times Artificial Intelligence Startled The World

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6 Times Artificial Intelligence Startled The World

Artificial Intelligence is rapidly taking on the world. It is helping scientists design such marvels that were once the subject of science fiction. From smart homes powered by IoT and intelligent personal assistants like Siri and Alexa to autonomous cars, AI is paving the way for the new age Digital Revolution.

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Let’s look at instances when Artificial Intelligence conquered the impossible:

1. Emerged As A Winner In The Games Of Chess And Go

The first win for Artificial Intelligence in the game sphere happened in 1997 when IBM’s Deep Blue defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov in two out of six games. This was not magic. IBM had fed Deep Blue’s system with a massive amount of data of games that took place in the past. Leveraging this data, Deep Blue learned to use a combination of brute force processing to win the game.

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Then again in 2017, Google’s AlphaGo defeated Ke Jie, the world Go champion. This was an incredible feat as Go is a much more intuitive and mathematically complex game than chess. AlphaGo was so good at Go that it shocked Jie who stated: “I misjudged the capabilities of AlphaGo and felt powerless”.

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2. Mastered Language

One of the most significant achievements of AI has been in the field of Natural Language Processing (NLP). Leveraging the art of NLP, scientists have been able to create smart personal assistants such as Siri, Alexa, and Cortana. These intelligent assistants can not only understand human languages, but they can also engage in meaningful conversations with humans, shop for us, automate specific tasks, and so much more.

3. Nearly Won A Literary Award For Writing A Novel

A novel titled “The Day A Computer Writes A Novel” passed the first round of screening test for Japan’s Hoshi Shinichi Literary Award. The judges only found out later that an AI had co-authored the novel. It is so impressive and well-crafted that it is now regarded as a literary piece in Japan. Satoshi Hase, a science fiction author and a judge of the Hoshi Shinichi Literary Award was deeply impressed by the abilities of the AI:

“I was surprised at the work since it was a well-structured novel.”

That’s not all, Google’s AI has further expanded its literary career by writing poems.

4. Deep Dream

Google Brain researchers have discovered a unique way to visually demonstrate the thinking process of GoogleNet. Leveraging Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs), the researchers put forth a few images before Google Deep Dream. The result was astounding and almost ‘psychedelic.’

When images are presented before Deep Dream, it starts analyzing those images under the banner of every object that it was taught to recognize. In the process, it might find the resemblance of an object that is entirely unrelated to the image, and it then amplifies the image according to the similarities it found. And the results are otherworldly every time!

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5. Discovered An Eight-Planet Solar System

AI’s forte is gathering massive amounts of data and using this data to accomplish unimaginable tasks. When astronomers at NASA applied AI on the data that had been collected by the Kepler telescope over many years, they discovered an eight-planet solar system located 2,500 light years away from us. The solar system was named Kepler-90i after the star it orbits – Kepler 90. This was accomplished with the help of a neural network that has been specially trained to identify exoplanets.

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6. Chatbots That Can Communicate In A Mysterious Language

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Facebook had been working on building chatbots that could learn how to ‘negotiate.’ The chatbots named Alice and Bob had been designed to engage in trade negotiations with each other and much to everyone’s astonishment, they began conversing in their own secret language. This language was incomprehensible even to the researchers who built the chatbots. Eventually, Facebook had to shut down the chatbot project because of the serious implications it could have.
This experiment proved that Artificial Intelligence holds the potential to drastically learn human behaviour and converse with one another by creating their own distinct language.

Read: How to make chatbot in Python?

Even though Artificial Intelligence is still a developing field, it has started impacting our lives in a major way. The most impressive trait of Artificial Intelligence has to be its ability to ‘learn’ new things and implement it in innovative ways to deliver results that continue to surprise the humankind. 

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Jaideep is in the Academics & Research team at UpGrad, creating content for the Data Science & Machine Learning programs. He is also interested in the conversation surrounding public policy related to AI.
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