You know AI has arrived when…

April 23, 2017

A lot has been written about artificial intelligence or machine learning and how it is going to fundamentally change our lives. Whether it was DeepBlue who defeated Garry Kasparov in 1997, or Watson who defeated Jeopardy champion in 2011 or very recently AlphaGo who defeated the 18 time world champion and a 9 dan rated Lee Seedol! Machines have become better at tasks that we thought only humans can do. Screen Shot 2017-04-23 at 1.34.35 PMIt may not be so obvious to you now, but the AlphaGo victory is a clear indication that we have gone from linear to parabolic in terms of how fast the technology around us is going to evolve. In order to have true appreciation for this statement you must read this very readable article, “The AI Revolution: The road to super intelligence” and also check out my earlier blog post.

What prompted this blog post however was a very simple and innocuous looking story that I came across recently from Google Creative Labs about Machine Learning that enables fast drawing. You can read it here. Fast drawing? Whats so interesting about it? Imagine drawing a meaningless doodle and AutoDraw converts it into a meaningful image! Give it a try at, by doodling anything you want and see how AutoDraw will start suggesting what you actually wanted to draw. It is a fascinating to see how accurately AutoDraw will read your mind.

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Defeating humans by learning to play better than us in board games was just the first step. Now artificial intelligence can start to predict what we may want. And every time we tell it whether or not it was a right prediction, it learns! And since everything is connected via cloud, it learns fast!

AutoDraw soon will become so ubiquitous that it won’t be long before it is available on toys as low end as the doodlePro tabs. Imagine how quickly it will kill the art of doodling. Just like we stopped memorizing phone numbers of family and friends when the mobile phones came around, we would quickly give up the art of doodling. So while the machines are getting smarter, human race in general will continue to become dumber!

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Don’t get me wrong, I love AI and machine learning. I love the possibility that long before I get too old to drive myself around, I will have a self navigating car at my disposal. I just hope that we have enough intelligence left to remember where we came from and where we want to go!