Under the hood of the phenomenon known generally as artificial intelligence lies fairly straight- forward mathematics that has been in use for many decades. What has caused this phenomenon to accelerate so rapidly in the past few years is the sustained collection of untold amounts of data in all forms. Through our incessant use of smart devices, social media, GPS and software applications in general, we have now fed machines sufficient data for them to effectively apply deep learning neural network methods.
There are, however, significant misunderstandings around the impact that artificial intelligence will have on our lives. For certain, robotics and AI will destroy some jobs, or at least the most menial aspects of those jobs. But they may just as likely create entirely new forms of work in the future. For certain also, artificial intelligence will change the way we communicate and behave towards each other on an interpersonal level. And there is a danger that we allow this to happen in the wrong way. At present, there is a misconception that it is the machines and mathematics that may subjugate humanity, whereas in fact it is the data that we feed the machines that is our own undoing.