In just a few decades personal computers and other gadgets have changed the lives of humans in ways that no one could have imagined. Usually we think that these devices are preprogrammed and operate only within the limits of their code. But did you know that your gadgets are also connected to giant neural networks and machines that carefully study your behavior? Find out how artificial intelligence helps translate posts on Facebook. Discover how the AI learns to recognize objects in human photos and how a computer program can transform simple images into beautiful new artwork. Listen to our special series "Neural Networks: How Soon Will Computers Outsmart People?"
Imagine going to a dentist and being treated by a robot. No matter how strange it sounds, according to recent study, there is a 90% probability that the job of a dental technician, as well as other positions, including cooks, butchers and masons will eventually be performed by machines.
While many traditional image editing computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop rely mostly on working with filters and layers, they don’t allow the PC itself to analyze the visuals. Recently software engineers learned how to give computers more creative power.
In September of 2016, Google announced the launch of the Neural Machine Translation system. The technology was meant to improve the accuracy of automated translations. But things went far beyond the tech giant’s plan, as self-learning computers invented their own modus operandi.
With the advent of movies like The Terminator and War Games the idea of machines turning against their creators embedded itself in society. However, at that time there was no technology that could enable computers to learn quickly and effectively. Nowadays, artificial neural networks present humanity with new possibilities... and new dangers.