Do you feel like you are living in exciting times?
If you are a bit older, if you can remember the days prior to fax machines, you must agree. In this interesting article here, a professor of Artificial Intelligence, AI, puts it nicely:
If you went back and you said to an early thinker about AI, 50 or 60 years ago, “You’re going to have with you at all times a device, and essentially it can answer any question that you’d like to answer across a huge range of topics; it can understand your voice and provide a view on any place in the world, tell you how to get from point A to point B”—if you explained in the abstract what your smartphone is capable of doing via Google and various kinds of mapping tools and Siri—I think that person would say, “That’s AI.”
The smart guy also mentions the risks involved:
One thing I do worry about is that I think we’re on the cusp of having the ability (with machine learning and AI) to synthesize media to create something that’s very difficult to distinguish from the real thing. These are very dangerous tools to have in a society that depends increasingly on things like video to represent truth.
And for exactly that reason I dislike (near-) monopolies as much as too mach data in the hands of government (agencies).