What are the implications of AI and when will it happen?
Well, there is probably not a definitive answer to such a question, but it is possible that the seeds of AI have already been sown, initially through science fiction and then more specifically through science future predictions. At the start of the 21st century, the World-Wide Web (WWW) has already grown to become a global database of information of unparalleled size and accessibility. If information is the catalyst for change, then the coming century(s) could bring about some remarkable paradigm shifts. Therefore, in this section, we will explore some of the information and opinions of a broad cross-section of people across the world, which are accessible on the WWW. This process of review will be divided into 2 broad sections:
The scope of these predictions extrapolates the potential ability of technology over the next 50-500 years to determine the future evolution of Homo Sapien intelligence and the ability to construct alternative realities within cyberspace. Having established a broad base of technology predictions, the second stage will then be to review complementary opinions concerning the social and political changes that might be required to support the overall development of AI.
The overall implication of both the technology and social predictions appears to suggest that almost every institution we know today will be changed dramatically by intelligent computer systems. As a result, even by the end of the 21st century, human society may be barely recognisable to those of us born in the 20th century. There is perhaps also a sense that we are no longer in control of technology, but rather simply dependent on it.
Many of the people responsible for these predictions may insist that they were not meant to be interpreted in a pessimistic manner. However, the intention is not to be either pessimistic or optimistic, but rather realistic. Therefore, within the scope of this section, we are attempting to review the changes, in both technology and society, which could bring about the necessary paradigm shifts in thinking that would allow both artificial intelligence (AI) and artificial reality (AR) to be both developed and accepted. While most of us accept the general notion of change that is going on around us, it is still difficult for us to truly understand what the mind-set of society might be like in the next 50 years, let alone the next 500 years. In order to get some perspective on this issue, it is sometimes easier for us to consider our current perspective of historical events that were, at the time, major catalysts for change. Many of these events are now accepted as a 'good thing', but were initially viewed with mistrust and even horror.