AI has rapidly developed thanks to better algorithm design, bigger networked computing power and improved ability to capture and store massive amounts of data.
Current forms of AI are considered to be narrow or weak, designed to perform one repetitive task — such as speech recognition on mobile devices, or self-driving cars. Many researchers are seeking to develop what is known as general or strong AI, with behaviors that are as flexible and skillful as humans (such as memory, autonomous learning and responding to emotions).
For us in the development sector, these advances hold the promise of empowering governments, communities and partners to put into place more effective solutions to some of the biggest social ills.
“Everything we love about civilization is a product of intelligence, so amplifying our human intelligence with artificial intelligence has the potential of helping civilization flourish like never before – as long as we manage to keep the technology beneficial.“
Max Tegmark, President of the Future of Life Institute