By when could AI be as smart as humans?

Apr 04, 2019, 8:23 AM EDT
(Source: Jiuguang Wang/flickr)
(Source: Jiuguang Wang/flickr)

Building artificial general intelligence is the holy grail for AI technologists, who seem to have no convergence as they answer a titillating question: By when can AI mature into artificial general intelligence?

It must be acknowledged at the same time that overblown claims about this fast-evolving technology have done more harm than good. Today, the scrutiny of the limitations of AI and its true state of progress remain overshadowed by hype and puffery. So, a level-headed approach to weigh where AI stands and by when it could start showing the first signs of matching human intelligence, if at all, becomes all the important.

Writer and futurist Martin Ford, in his new book “Architects of Intelligence” features the responses of 23 of the most distinguished AI professionals, of which only two showed the conviction to give, on record, a date for such a technological leap, notes The Verge.

Ray Kurzweil, a futurist and director of engineering at Google, thinks that by 2029, we may have a 50 percent chance of building artificial general intelligence, while Rodney Brooks, roboticist and co-founder of iRobot would wait until 2200 for such evolution.

Speculations about AI’s future, particularly in the context of competition with humans, are overwhelming and unsettling, but as one expert puts opines, it’s up to the humans what this technology does, writes The Guardian.