For this option, you will be doing some research and writing about an emerging technology. You
get to pick the specific topic to write about. The possibilities are quite numerous and diverse, and
could include news item about hardware, software, communications, cybersecurity, etc. Feel free
to choose a technology that interests you.
Gather your facts from at least two trusted online sources.
Here are some ideas for trending topics. Do not limit yourself to this list.
- Data science
- Big Data
- Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- Virtual Reality (VR)
- Augmented Reality (AR)
- Autonomous vehicles
- 3D printing
- Cybersecurity issues
There are actually two reasons I’m having you complete this project: (1) to have you explore
some invention or discovery that may seriously affect you and me, and (2) to have you
demonstrate that you know how to use Internet-based tools for research in an effective way (one
of the Student Learning Outcomes for this class, by the way).
What is Artificial Intelligence?
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a modern science which deals with using machines to find solutions to complicated problems that would require human intelligence. Some of the common examples of these tasks entail language translation, speech recognition, visual perception, and decision-making (Ingrand and Ghallab, 2017). In most popular films, artificial intelligence is portrayed in robots that can talk, make decisions, and develop emotions just like humans. AI is also present in real like with machines such as self driving cars, human versus computer games, navigation systems, and Boston dynamics among others.
There are two categories of AI, which are weak and strong A.I. Weak AI is the use of computerized machines low levels of artificial intelligence, which are made to respond to specific situations but they cannot think independently (Irizarry-Nones and Wallace, 2017). On the other hand, strong AI is the use of computerized machines that can think independently and act like humans. Besides, machines with strong AI can also learn from their experiences. However, there are no real examples of machines with strong AI unless in fictional movies (Steels and Brooks, 2018). Primarily, machines with strong AI have “machine learning”, which is an application of AI that enables machines to learn continuously with the help of humans or without the need for new programming. In the 1950’s, Alan Turing developed the “Turing Test”, an instrument that is used to determine the level of intelligence possessed by a computer (Irizarry-Nones and Wallace, 2017). The future of AI intelligence is speculated to highly benefit the modern world by bring new machines such as the perfect lawyer, military bots, healthcare, business, and music.