Artificial Intelligence: Human remains in the equation

Since the creation of the first calculating machines, scientists, technicians, science fiction authors, philosophers, sociologists and economists anticipate and attempt to predict potential and ethics possible and/or desirable in Intelligence Artificial, now commonly called AI (or IA in French), although you can also cross the terms of Machine Learning and Data Science.

To tell the truth, if frequently the general public or the sources of information give these names for subjects that are only advanced programming, artificial Intelligence raises many questions and highlights as many fears (more or less reasoned) That of positive fascination (more or less dreamed).

Artificial Intelligence, exponential development

The digital and other assistants like Siri or Cortana and many others are not yet an entity that can joke with you or propose the solution to all your needs, however, the Data invades at large not all the professional fields but Also what you might well consider to be private.
The data lavishes health advice, but also tips on how you do your shopping. She will soon be advising the vehicle that will provide for your transportation while you check your work day or your children's schedule or your next vacation. The data can associate your preferences and advise you on the next video game that might interest you, or on customized content for your press review… Bots and IA may not be visible to you, but their utility and productivity is no longer to be demonstrated.

Artificial Intelligence human remains in the equation by Maïm Garnier

Instead, a persona is currently being used, but artificial intelligence is gradually giving the personas a "body", the possibilities being so much richer using Data. The question here as elsewhere is woven in terms of what we want, users, humans, in terms of storage and exploitation of data, especially when it comes to ours, is not it?

We talk cheerfully about cybersecurity (for example you can read the article of Science and future: What role will artificial intelligence play in cybersecurity?), and the subject is of size on the methods and material, but the question is not it Especially WHO and especially how information is processed, what ethic is law, what international and national rules to protect humans from flaws as well as destructive or misinformed intentions? Here as elsewhere, it is a question of respect more than technology, because who uses this technology?

We've seen how criminal cases can be effectively assisted by AI. The sad business of Little Gregory, among others, has been rebounded thanks to IBM's ANB software (analyst's Notebook) has allowed investigators to process the data mass accumulated since 1984. The world, like many others, has relayed the information: behind the rebound of the Gregory case, using artificial intelligence.

The AI, a tool that is becoming more and more useful in critical, even vital, areas

The Data Science is an additional tool that has not only its place in security or marketing. Health data is making more and more services. We talk a lot about virtual reality (VR) and 3d printing, which literally explode the potentials of care and management of patients, but artificial intelligence and Data science also allow a significant breakthrough: Assisted medical imaging already equals human expertise, imagine the time saving of your surgeon that he can thus redistribute to concentrate on his technique and his psychological accompaniment, and also to less risk the overwork (which is not irrelevant to the two preceding points, is it not?). You can also monitor your heart rate, detect a depression from photos broadcast on the net, as explained in the Parisian article: Artificial Intelligence and Health: a thriving market.

I also invite you to read this article (in English) on ethics and AI: the Evolution and ethics of AI.

So, miracle solution?

In reality, an AI alone is not currently the miracle solution, and could it be, would that be desirable? What we call to facilitate the discussion artificial Intelligence, is the basis of a sequence of code composed and conceived by humans, with the possible and imaginable biases that this includes.

If AI are tested for self-programming to learn by themselves, none has been born without the initial input of the human. A "Born" is still-for the moment-only fiction, speculative fiction, as in the cycle of Dan Simmons the Cantos of Hyperion, where the author imagines and extrapolates a whole society evolved from this postulate (I let you discover the rich And many other themes of this superb cycle of science fiction, only part of which can be seen by reading this interview of Dan Simmons reproduced on the site of editions of the Non-A: Meeting with Dan Simmons, the master of Hyperion of QI to life Artificial, brilliant and provocative visions of the author of The Great saga of sci-fi Hyperion).

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© Dan Simmons Cycle of the Cantos to Pocket editions

Many authors of science fiction and specifically anticipation have tried to imagine, predicting what the evolution of one or more AI can imply. The less optimistic will also remind you of movies like Matrix or Terminator, others go further in questioning with Blade Runner when finally arriving to ask the questions that are underlying the others:

  • What is human being, and what rights and duties are derived from it in relation to ourselves and others, including the species and the environment?
  • How does life develop?
  • and can it develop in ways that we would not have imagined/planned yet?

Why is the AI sexist?

You will have noticed, we talk about the feminine, and the choice is not neutral. No, you're not dreaming: why are the names and voices of virtual assistants, so to speak, exclusively feminine? In view of the domination of the genre, one can legitimately ask the question of a will of cliché, as recalled this interesting article of Mashable France: one does not want to break the atmosphere, but even artificial intelligence is sexist

AI and anthropomorphism

We measure everything at our own scale, and the anthropomorphism is always in the picture, because even endowed with empathy, it is not simple for us to understand the universe at other scales and yardsticks than that of the human.

As with any innovation or activity, finally, the important thing is finally to not lose sight of the human, is not it? On these reflections, I let you return to your activities, wishing them to be all carriers of smiles and rich memories to your human life.

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To go further

Exciting articles are written every week on the subject of artificial intelligence, as at the very moment when I finish writing these lines, so I suggest you continue the reflection by going to take a look here:


References to the following sources are quoted in this article: France Culture, Le Monde, Science et l'avenir, Mashable France, Journal du Net, Les Echos, Le Parisien, Wikipedia, Emarketing, Information Age, Pivigo Blog, IBM I2 Analyst's Notebook, Apple Siri, Cortana from Microsoft, Matrix, Terminator and Blade Runner, non-A editions, Pocket editions and writer Dan Simmons.

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