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Are Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence a Threat

A threat is meaningless, unless you have something to lose.

What is there to be threatened about?

It has been a long while since I've last blogged. To be honest, I've been very concentrated on my current position as Digital Marketing Director at Cardinal Path, a Dentsu Aegis Network consultancy. But what I've noticed during this time, and probably due to the geniuses I work with, whether Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are truly a threat to our way of life (drama!) or simply the next step in how we gather and process information, they are going to alter the way we think and do things in the very near future.

Thanks to quantum computing, technology is seeping into our daily lives in ways we have only begun to imagine. Siri, Cortana, Alexa, Google Assistant (digital assistants) are all listening and processing things we volunteer while providing their answers to each and (almost) every question. Every day, we produce 2.5 exabytes of data. That number is equivalent to the content on 5 million laptops. This year, Google stated publicly that it would produce a viable quantum computer in the next 5 years and added that they would reach “quantum supremacy” with a 50-qubit quantum computer.

Ok, so what does all that mean? To the consperacy theorist, it means that this new abiltiy will allow Machine Learning and AI to become viable enough to begin replacing most of our jobs. For one, it means that machine learning will exponentially accelerate. Regardless, AI is going to be a force. It already is, but compliance and recommendation are two very different concepts. Recently a friend of mine stated AI can never fully compete with EI (Emotional Intelligence), so what's to worry about? I think, true, AI can only provide relevant insights in so much as the person developing its algorithms and reading the data outputs has the has the skills necessary to gather relevant insights from them. And that seems to be the tricky part which will become apparent. But, if we are relying on sheer EI this generation is going to have a to battle to win that war.

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