PIDP 3260 – Week 7 – Comment on Video

The Future of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (Andrew Ng, Stanford University, STAN 2011)

This video is right up my alley, especially considering the AI side of things and the reason I wanted to watch it is to see how much insight humans really about the pace and advancement of AI and Robotics.  This video was posted in 2011 so my point of focus is to examine, did we surpass the expectations or fail to meet them?

Of Andrew’s 2 prepositions of a robot cleaning your house and voice recognition, we are already there.  Robots can clean our house and we have Google voice AI that can pose as a real human and book appointments for you!  We have advanced image recognition to the point where cars can now be autonomous and even autonomous drones!

Andrew Ng, called it right and 9 years later I believe we have met and surpassed the technology he said would be possible as a result of image and voice recognition that is driven by AI.

I believe the predictions that robots and AI will one day replace most human activities and jobs is well on track to being the case and I believe we actually have all the tools and technology to do this today, whether as a nurse or doctor, or robots that build houses, we are just in the fine-tuning phase.  However, massive developments have occurred in all areas of AI that I believe will transform or at least are possible to have our world and society transform in the coming years.  Anything that slows it down would simply by political and bureaucratic will but I believe just like the internet, ecommerce and cryptocurrency that we are in the gold years of AI development.

In terms of the impact to myself as a business owner, instructor and IT professional, things will change dramatically.  The need for IT professionals is literally already being reduced by automation and AI in IT, and nearly every professional, including teaching could in theory be done well by an AI robot.  The future is bright, but it’s clear that the winners in the future will be masters of AI and robotics.





Areeb Soo Yasir

Business and technology have always gone hand in hand for me, and now I've built nearly 20 years of expertise. A few notable achievements: -> Tier III-Designed & deployed multiple mission critical datacenter environments in Canada, US, Hong Kong, Singapore & China. -> Software Engineering: Created a Linux OS from scratch, including a custom kernel to maintain millions of dollars in client infrastructure, deploy and report as needed. Created the “Windows Geeks” and “Password Pros” Windows Password Reset software recommended by Microsoft. -> Business Negotiations: Conducted intensive negotiations with branches of the Peoples Republic of China and the various state-run Telecom operations including China Telecom and China Unicom for access to their trillion dollar backbone infrastructure. We were the first western company to have such network access where other IT companies such as Vodafone and Google failed. -> Cloud Infrastructure Creation: Created the first proprietary “Clustered Cloud Architecture” that rivals competing Google, IBM, Microsoft & Alibaba alternatives. I'd love to chat #IT or #Linux or even #Business, so don't hesitate to connect. Cheers!

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