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The future of AI is bright if humans and machines work hand-in-hand
By Scott Burk  |  Jun 30, 2023
The future of AI is bright if humans and machines work hand-in-hand
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Day 10

On day 10, the Yuan’s voyage of intelligent exploration steers for Texas, where everything is larger than life and folks are right friendly - its very name comes from the Caddo Indian word táysha (friends). The 16th century Spanish Conquistadors who first barged into the area were anything but: They attacked and sacked Caddo towns. Spain’s grip slipped when Mexico declared its independence in 1821. Settlers from the infant US led by the Virginian Stephen Austin later overwhelmed the local Spanish-speaking Tejanos by sheer weight of arrivals. Following the epic Battle of the Alamo (1836), the bellicose Anglos wrested Texas away from them in 1837, then joined the US in 1845, only to secede again a mere 16 years later in an even bloodier war for independence - unavailing this time. As with AI, events unfold at warp speed in the Lone Star State, where cowboys in ten-gallon hats morphed overnight into oil barons in homburgs. From its capital, a humming innovation hub named for the ‘Father of Texas,’ CUNY Data Science Prof. Scott Burk posits a future in which humanity and AI are friends, helpmeets making up each other’s shortcomings for the benefit of all.

Shifeng Wang
Chief Editor, The Yuan

AUSTIN, TEXAS - Advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) are proceeding at an incredible rate. AI was once an arcane topic limited to researchers, academics, and high-tech companies, but has now gone mainstream. With the rapidly increasing technical sophistication of AI chatbots like OpenAI’s ChatGPT-4, Google’s Bard, and others, the news has been full of predictions ranging from the detrimental effects of AI on the workforce to the tremendous benefits society will receive from them. This article explores a few truths about these technologies and some predictions on how things might shake out in the near future.

Outthink, outwit, outplay, outmaneuver, or outperform? One must be more specific

People often jump into topics without clear definitions. So, when people ask, ‘When will AI outsmart humans?’ what does this specifically mean? When it comes to games, AI has been outplaying humans for years. AI won in the game of Jeopardy with IBM Watson (2011) and in the board game Go with AlphaGo (2015). Humans will never again match machines in these games. Memory-based games and rule-based games will also soon be dominated by AI, defeating any human as soon as an algorithm is trained appropriately or written to do so.

What about outthinking? If thinking is defined as processing information, then machines have already overtaken humans in that respect as well. They can process at ever greater speeds, they never tire and, while they can think more each day, many humans want to think less.

Can AI outwit humans? One definition of outwitting is to deceive or defeat another thanks to greater ingenuity, which is the quality of being clever, original, and inventive. While AI might appear clever, in its current forms it is still a long way away from being truly original or inventive. AI developed via machine learning (ML) is trained on existing data

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