“When can I make some artificial intelligence?” she asked.
My daughter recently opened a conversation asking when she could start making artificial intelligence (AI). It was a Sunday evening and she was finishing some homework around 7:30p.m.; work that could have easily been done on Saturday, but I digress. I had an idea of where this was heading, but wanting to make sure, I asked why she wanted to know. Head down, pencil moving, without missing a beat, she says, “I want to know when I can make some AI to do my math homework, all of it at once.”
Aright then. Siobhan is nine. Was I surprised by this question, no. She sees AI in shows online and reads about it fictional worlds and in her non-fiction books on her ipad. She understands the basics, this thing called AI can, does and will make her life easier.
And she’s thinking about ways to speed up that process, for applications that will help her out right now. She may be young, but she’s hardly alone. From students to CEOs, millions of people right now, today are thinking about what AI is or can be, how to use it, when and increasingly, more importantly who can make.
This conversation with my daughter is taking place in a home shared with two robots-Dash and MiP, two SKYKING Mini Drones, iPhones, iPads, a Samsung Gear VR headset, Samsung Galaxy phones and an assortment of other pieces of technology; some of which did not exist on the consumer market even 5 years ago. We are living in the future right now. These emerging technologies have working applications. They work and thousands and thousands all over the world are working to make them work better. And while it’s real hard to imagine what will be hanging out in our homes ten years from now, we do know the tech is developing rapidly. To put it all in context lets not forget the iPhone was born to consumers in 2007, barely eleven years ago.
While we wrestle with the continuum of mixed emotions that change often triggers, let’s not forget that right now, today, we are living parts of what the future will bring.