Dr. Rand Hindi is a data scientist as well as an entrepreneur who founded the AI company Snips. He began to code when he was just 10 years old, thereby making it possible for him to create a web development agency at the age of 14. This talented computer scientist obtained his Ph.D. in Bioinformatics at the age of 21. The 31-year-old French entrepreneur shared an interesting session about how artificial intelligence will make technology disappear.
The development of artificial intelligence (AI) is a subject to the blast of both processing power and the hidden data volume and latency. Yet, AI is no more a product of sci-fi. The ascent of supposed smart machines is relentlessly developing to end up a noteworthy industry — upheld by the accessibility and ability of powerful technology, the ascent of huge data and, importantly, the vital human aptitude and experience to unite this all. Touted as being a standout amongst the most problematic technologies of this century, a few commercial ventures are now pioneering the AI trail. Specifically, machine learning is being used for such things as human services diagnostics, programmed exchanging, business processing, promoting and associated gadgets (by means of the Internet of Things) in a scope of commercial ventures.
Rand’s view of AI is that it is greatly associated with the works done by applying deep learning systems that will look at the bigger picture of something, recognize the pattern and apply them in the respective areas needed. Rand says:
“A computer could learn and essentially beat the world champion in a particular game”
Rand disagrees with the statements made by some prominent scientists like Elon Musk and Steven Hawkins concerning how AI will be the “MONSTER” that will kill us all in the near future. He also mentions that the entertainment industry is contributing in supporting these statements by releasing movies like the terminator, iRobot or Minority Report. To make himself clear, he backed his view with some high-level concept of what really happens behind the scenes of AI systems.
“When you take one of the key examples of the recognition system, you get pixels as the inputs and each pixel is represented by a dot and then they all combine into a second layer which then learns from the concept of an edge to see different angles from which when each pixel combination is obtained, a different view (in this case, a face) is gotten”.
He then continued,
“So conceptually, since this is what happens behind the scene, saying that you can go from an algorithm so simple to human consciousness to building an entity that can spontaneously decide to kill us all is simply farfetched”.
Rand sees AI not just as an intelligence for the human sense, but rather, as an “autonomous behavior in an artificial agent”.
Dr. Hindi believes that over the years, there has been a growing number of devices that need to connect to the internet individually and for that reason, we become overwhelmed whenever our connectivity is back after a little pause due to some factors. Hence, this has resulted in problems on how we interact with our devices. Rand says:
“Imagine when you get home every time and each device you own is asking you what you want to do today. AI can help in figuring out what you want to do with each of these devices and anticipate your intentions which will not only minimize your interaction with those devices but can also help you automate them”
By that, Rand has completely stressed the importance of AI in tackling the growing problems on how we interact with all the latest devices that require internet connectivity to function properly. So this basically means that, in the near future, in terms of what it brings to devices, AI’s capabilities will far outweigh the friction of connected devices and at that point when this happens, the perception of the friction of connected devices that we have as humans will gradually fade away until the point where it completely disappears. “Thanks to AI, there is a point in the future, not too far away, when devices will be so smart, that we won’t have to interact with them anymore”
So what Rand is actually saying here is that there is a point where AI will completely blend in and become a major part of our environment where we won’t even have to notice its presence because they will be part of everything that we do.
Rand’s idea of context awareness is that it is “basically making devices able to anticipate and proactively act on behalf of the user” and it does so by figuring out the context in which you are, and based on this context, decides the proper action to take. To achieve this, Rand highlights four (4) layers of context awareness as:
Rand expresses that all these layers come together to form what is called the context awareness. The way this works is that personal data about a person’s daily activity are stored in the form of a graph. With this data, reliable information can be drawn as a conclusion as to what that individual is going to do at a specific time, how late is that individual for a particular meeting, even whom the individual considers as social friends or co-workers based on the nature of text messages sent or received by them. Rand warns however that most humans are sporadic beings who are usually uncertain about where they are going to be and when. A lot of people don’t even have a daily schedule to follow. So in such cases, an extra source of data is needed and one great source is the location data.
So in general, Rand continues, “the concept of context awareness is essentially about re-creating a very highly contextualized timeline of what someone has been doing throughout the day and in each context, some machine learning methods can be used to infer their current activity and also predict where they want to go next”.
Rand thinks the conclusion using his own movements (location data) is that, he observed how tolerant he is when it comes to changing locations. So he knows he is going to fall ill when he embarks on a certain journey at a particular time.
“I care about privacy more than anything else”, Rand Hindi.
According to Rand, privacy should be the core element to be considered when building a system that requires it. So in an attempt to ensure and guarantee the privacy of individuals, all the data they collect come directly from the smartphones of those individuals and there’s no data being transferred to some sort of servers in the cloud. Rand therefore explicitly states that, as a consumer, just as he wouldn’t want all his personal data to be stored by a company, he and his team at Snips do what is called “privacy by design”.
Originally posted on Medium.com/withthebest