What really frustrates me about this story is, as so many times, the public's reaction to this.
I see people literally commenting on this story about how the are scared for this "new development" and how "a regime like that should never have access to tools as powerful as A.I."
Of course this kind of fear is massively out of proportion, especially for where we are with machine learning at the moment, but even if we assume that more powerful artificial intelligence will follow in the near future, there are way bigger concerns that should be plaguing a mind like this right here and now.
China has had nucular weapons since 1964 for instance, and I think that poses a way bigger threat than killer robots or weaponized artificial intelligence, at least for now.
Don't get me wrong though, I am in now way frightened that China will launch an attack or anything like that, I just think they are doing exactly what any other powerful country in their position would do, they are growing with the times.
How is this any different from the United States developing the same kind of technology, with the same intentions, and as always with the same drive to be the world leader in this new sector.
Although, it has been reported that president Trump has cut back on some of the funding that traditionally backed artificial intelligence research.
In any case, most aritcles are overstating the role of artificial intelligence in military applications, because there are many hoops a country would have to go through first, before even being able to consider marrying these fields.
China is way more intested at the moment in solving domestic problems first, and I think this is a very smart way of thinking about machine learning, how it can help solve problems in your community, city, country, etc.
Start small, so to speak.
Yet, after all is said and done I am still missing one important part of the discussion in the general media that surrounds itself near the topic of machine intelligence, and that is the independent researchers out there, and the various communities that are sprouting up.
Recently I was in a discussion on Medium where it was claimed that eventually the best machine learning technology will be in the hands of the few very rich companies, the usual suspects like Google, Facebook, and while not a company: China.
I think we are seriously underestimating what a talented and motivated community of researchers can accomplish, and we can find all kinds of proof for this in the technology sector.
For every big and expensive software package, operating systems included, there is a free open-source alternative out there, which can rival in functionality and is usually only lacking in some of the usability features of the commercial counter-parts.
If you are looking to join a really vibrant community, with a really great teacher at the forefront inspiring people to get into machine learning, check out: Siraj Raval's YouTube channel.
If you are less into the actual technology side of things, and more into the filosophy of artificial intelligence, check out Robert Miles, who is amazingly good at giving clear viewpoints you can use as a springboard for your own thinking.
(Note that this is a playlist I made, because his videos are over multiple channels, but if you want to subscribe to him, do so on his main channel!)
I think artificial intelligence will follow a similar trend, as hardware to crunch bigger and bigger data is becoming cheaper, and things like blockchain technology is deployed slowly to democratize processing power.
I know we got a little off track here with the initial intention of the article, but to be honest the topic just started to bore me, and I am way more interested in the work us "normal" folk can do within this space.
Machine learning is way too important to be left to the politicians, major corporations, and countries.
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