|The dawn of AI and the potential threat it poses to employability has been a recurrent talking point. Wonder when did it all begin?
Consider this anecdote recently published in The Economist 1843 Magazine.
In the 1770s, a Hungarian inventor Wolfgang von Kempelen build a “Mechanical Turk” or simply “The Turk” to impress the empress. It was a life-size wooden figure dressed in Turkish clothing, seated behind a cabinet with a chessboard on top, designed to beat even the finest players at the game.
The Turk evoked much speculation about whether a machine could really think and how it worked. With the Industrial Revolution in the offing, many speculated the possibility of a machine replacing humans (sounds familiar!?).
It was later revealed that the Turk operated via a concealed player, who controlled each movement from inside the cabinet.
Over two centuries later, a similar concept is being used to drive Artificial Intelligence systems. Pretty much everything you do online creates a trail of data that can be used to make AI and Deep Learning algorithms smarter.
Without realising it, we are helping out as well. The results of the numerous CAPTCHA tasks which include transcribing distorted texts, or identifying images within a grid containing street signs or vehicles are used by Google and others to transcribe old books, label images for self-driving vehicles or to improve mapping services.
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