AI has turned into a marketing term, and the result is confusion for everyone on what AI is. So, what is AI, and what isn’t AI? For example, did you know taking panoramic photos or using HDR is computer vision, but not AI? I asked Dr. Satya Mallick, the CEO of OpenCV all the stupid questions you’re afraid to ask!
What is AI? No, really.
The difference is this: if the system, or machine, is learning through data, it’s AI. If the process is fixed, it’s probably not. Face recognition requires AI, for example, because it’s learning through data. Or at least that’s the general current understanding since AI is a rapidly-evolving science.
What is OpenCV for and why do we need an open-source library for AI? In a way, they are collecting the lego blocks so builders can focus on building new things instead of starting from scratch.
Is AI Safe?
There’s a large spectrum of AI discussions. On one side, it’s reduced to simple advertising tactics meant to get us “addicted, while the other side of the spectrum explains it as killer robots! The reality is somewhere in between. Dr. Mallick discusses why safety matters and how bad AI can truly have dire consequences. However, he also explained that “buggy” software that drives us nuts is actually quite different from software or AI running vehicles.
There are two completely different methodologies and even more different developer mindsets. Your smartphone may have some irritating bugs, but those developers are operating under the mindset of “move fast and try new things,” which can result in bugs and crashes. Developers working on airline or vehicle software don’t leave anything to chance. This software has much more rigid standards and is meticulously tested for flaws, bugs or problems. In some ways, it’s the difference between building a top-safety ranking Volvo, and a box cart. Neither has a “wrong” approach. Just different.
Learn more about Dr. Satya Mallick
- Connect to Dr. Mallick on LinkedIn here.
- Connect to Dr. Mallick on Twitter here.
- Learn more about OpenCV here and here are the other links:
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