When AI Goes Rogue

This article originally appeared on GulfNews.com on 25th August 2017

As a software engineering undergraduate of the late 1990s, I developed a simple Artificial Intelligence (AI) application to process bank loan applications. Today AI is driving cars, diagnosing disease and choosing what we see on our screens.

According to the dictionary, AI is defined as:

“The study of how to produce machines that have some of the qualities that the human mind has, such as the ability to understand language, recognise pictures, solve problems, and learn.”

This is one of the world’s most understated definitions of all time. Here is — what I feel — a more accurate definition:

“The study of how to produce machines that can have all of the qualities that the human mind has and more, including the ability to understand language, recognise pictures, solve problems, and learn ad infinitum without the limitations of speed, breadth or depth imposed by biology”

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