The New Age Of Artificial Intelligence And The Path Forward

Navidar | May 8, 2023


Artificial Intelligence.  For those following the world of technology, it has been nearly impossible to avoid hearing and reading lately about Artificial Intelligence. It has been discussed on TV, debated in the press, and splashed throughout the Internet.

Artificial Intelligence (which we will refer to throughout this article as “AI”) has the potential to either make the world immeasurably better by helping to solve some of our most important and pressing problems or end up destroying humanity, depending on whose account you read. Is AI overhyped? Is this another technology—like Cold Fusion or Gallium Arsenide—that ultimately will not live up to its overhyped reputation?

We at Navidar do not think so. We believe that we have entered what some observers have called the Age of Artificial Intelligence and that AI will be a massive game changer in ways too varied to count. We see AI’s momentum as virtually unstoppable. It will change industries, economies, societies, and the world in which we live in important, profound, and unpredictable ways, but it also carries significant risks and poses legitimate dangers.

This article asks and seeks answers to a number of questions:

What is AI?  What makes it simultaneously so revolutionary and so threatening? Now that the proverbial genie is out of the bottle, how will AI develop and evolve in the years ahead? Can we make some helpful predictions about the future path of AI both in the United States and on the global stage? Will AI-powered machines ever be able to truly mimic the processes of the human mind?

After discussing these important and topical issues, we make a number of predictions about the future path of modern AI development and what it may mean for all of us.

What Exactly Is Artificial Intelligence?

We have defined Artificial Intelligence (AI) in other articles (The Robotics Revolution And The Path Ahead). The old joke about AI is that every person you ask will give you a different definition of what it is. For our purposes, we will say that AI involves using machines to “copy” the outputs of the human mind, mimic human work, and perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, like recognizing patterns, learning from experience, and making decisions. In essence, AI is the field of teaching computers to learn and think; it combines computer science, large amounts of data, and massive computing power to make decisions.

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