Have you ever thought about what life would be like if the most basic and common machine we use in our daily lives could think and make its own decisions?

I agree with Edsger W. Dijkstra when He says that “The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.”

Well, some of you might say that I need to stop watching sci-fi movies. It is not far from the truth the ability of a machine to think and make decisions on its own might be science fiction. Reading this article might change that.

Today we shall take a look at the thinking machine coming to life and how it is impacting our day to day lifestyle. Enjoy!

Introduction

We are in the age of information and automation. It makes the possibility of a machine to think easy and, this is happening today. When Tesla makes a self-driving car it brings what was fiction to reality.

according to Marvin Minsky

“The hardest problems we have to face do not come from philosophical questions about whether brains are machines or not. There is not the slightest reason to doubt that brains are anything other than machines with enormous numbers of parts that work in perfect accord with physical laws. As far as anyone can tell, our minds are merely complex processes. The serious problems come from our having had so little experience with machines of such complexity that we are not yet prepared to think effectively about them.”

 

The Brain

For us to create a thinking Machine, We need to figure out the working of the brain. One function of the brain is to receive inputs from the sensory organs, process the information and, give feedback based on the input. A simple case study.

Consider when you need an ice cream.

“The anterior part of the brain region forms the goal for example, “I want an ice cream”—and the posterior prefrontal cortex talks to the rest of the brain so that your hand reaches toward the ice cream and your mind knows whether you have the ice cream.”

To design a thinking machine we need three parts, the input this forms the goal (the sensory organs), the processing unit (the brain), and the output response. In the above case millions on neurons are involved.  Now let us look at a thinking machine.

The Thinking Machine.

The main question is can a machine think in a way that the human brain does? It is difficult to answer this given that we have not been able to fully comprehend what happens in the human brain.

Many would agree with Geoffrey Hinton when he says, “He is convinced that the only way to get artificial intelligence to work is to do the computation in a way similar to the human brain. That is the goal I have been pursuing. We are making progress, though we still have lots to learn about how the brain actually works.”

Let us go back a bit and understand the concept of a thinking machine. Thinking this is the act of the mind to produce thoughts. The thought is a developed plan or intention. Machine this a mechanically, electrically, or electronically operated device for performing a task. A thinking machine is a mechanical or electrical, device that is designed to perform tasks in a way that imitates the human thought process.

According to Forbes, we are in the age of the thinking machine. Teaching the machine to think is data-dependent. We are in the Era of data. Data enables us to teach a machine. Self-driving cars, neural networks, Alexa, chatbots are a few of the technologies that use data to learn.

Machines are learning the following are examples of thinking machines.

Micropsi Industries

They train industrial robots on how to perform tasks on their own. It enables one to automate the tasks that they perform.

AVA

It is a system that calculates the safety and risk by covering acts of crimes, natural forces, industrial disasters before they happen.

Self Driving Cars and Autopilot.

Autopilot is an advanced safety and convenience feature designed to assist in driving. This technology is used in Aircraft and today’s cars. Companies like Tesla are coming up with autonomous vehicles that can drive with minimal human control.

i2x‘s

It is a software that enables one to improve customer interactions by providing recommendations on what to say or talk about.

Parlamind‘s

It is an automated customer response service that offers customer interactions by answering emails and chats in real-time.

With new technology coming up the thinking machine takes shape in our lives. Artificial intelligence is another word used to describe the thinking machine.

Summary

The thinking machine is becoming part and puzzle of our daily life. Machines are everywhere, and they serve the purpose of assisting us in our day to day activities. The thinking machine brings the rise of a man made intelligence, Artificial Intelligence.

“It’s likely that machines will be smarter than us before the end of the century—not just at chess or trivia questions but at just about everything, from mathematics and engineering to science and medicine.” –Gary Marcus

 

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