bUT WHY DO WE WANT AND/OR NEED ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WHEN COGNITIVE science hasn't completely mapped out just exactly what humans are fully capable of?
Systems of artificial intelligence have been making positive impacts in business, professional and personal, for years, if not decades already:
People knowingly and unknowingly make use of AI on a daily basis. Social media platforms and the delivered content therein make use of algorithms to personalize your daily news feed(s.) Flying home for the holidays and have to use a credit card or other online monetary account? Artificial intelligence exists within the software that makes it possible for you to buy your airline ticket online and have it sent to your e-mail. Expert systems are also an application of AI, which have allowed experts in fields such as medicine and law, to take the knowledge of multiple specialists within those fields, and dump it all into one place. Expert systems are beneficial to us, the novice know-ers, so that we can gain information without having to physically seek an expert out about whatever you have questions about.
(That's not to see expert systems are fool-proof or altogether wise to use: self-diagnosing medical problems because you looked up your symptoms on WebMD might not be the best way to go.)
Now, I, myself don't spend a lot of time browsing webmd, looking at symptoms of illnesses, but I do spend a lot of time on social media and taking pictures.
Of the many platforms available, I find that I spend the most time on facebook; not necessarily posting but checking in with family and friends. It might seem weird that my number one reason for facebook is my family but with my closest relatives just under 400 miles away, and my farthest ones 3,000 miles away, it's just a platform that in a way, disregards time zones and that physical distance.
My brother uses FB mainly as a comedy side-show since he's in the Navy and can't post much about what he's doing. He's always able to find a meme or caption that fits his mood at that moment in time. It may not be a "deep" way to communicate, but we always know how he's doing, good or bad.
I'm pretty sure that each time his phone lit up with so-and-so Wenning calling, he wanted to trash his phone.
I'm not a huge fan of Fireball, even if it fits that collegiate drinking stereotype, but I haven't seen my brother in person in 4 years, so I'm looking forward to this Holiday Season.
My older brother is a long-haul truck driver, so we don't see or hear much from him, but he lets us know the woes of being a truck driver, being worried about other people driving around him.
And of course what is Facebook without it's algorithms that read your browsing cookies to tailor it's content specifically to you? This picture and the one above directly show how artificial intelligence is at work within machines, and its not something we necessarily think of. I go to WSU so that's somewhere in my profile, I bought my dad's gift from my mom (she's trying to be sneaky) from Amazon.
Instagram is the other social media platform I use the most, and while most of the pictures I post there also end up on facebook, the pictures themselves seem to attract a different group of friends.