The Rapid Growth of Artificial Intelligence

Author: Brad Howard   Date Posted:12 July 2017 

The Rapid Growth of Artificial Intelligence



Above is a chart showing the increasing changes and advances in artificial intelligence from back when the printing press was first created. The start of the more rapid acceleration was back in the late 1970s when the likes of Steve Jobs and IBM created the personal computer and made it accessible to the common person. Since then we have seen the introduction of Internet, Laptops, Smart Phones, Tablet devices, Satellite communications, Google, Facebook, etc. Each of these technologies opening our minds to new possibilities in business, home, social and globalisation.

This chart was created in 2011 and indicates that Artificial Intelligence was almost as intuitive and intelligent as a mouse. Going forward to 2017 and the understanding is that it has now reached the level of a pig. Studies have shown that a pig has a similar intellect to a four year old human but obviously cannot speak. The chart above indicates that sometime in the not too distant future – maybe 15 to 25 years, we will see Artificial Intelligence surpass human intelligence. There is much debate about when this will occur however what is certain is that it WILL happen. Once it does happen it is also recognised that human intelligence will not suddenly keep up, it will most likely continue at a consistent growth path whereas AI will continue to grow exponentially far beyond the human.

With such mind blowing change on our doorstep, I still find it very difficult to sit back and listen to people who say that they do not need to change anything they are doing and do not need to partake in technology advancement, understanding and education. I know the children of today are immersed in technology and rapid change and are even more adaptable than the generations before them. Thus they will, if given great opportunity by their mentors, excel and grow with the every changing world around them. What we as parents, educators and mentors need to do I will expand on in my next blog.

Meanwhile we may need to think about the dinosaurs and Dodo birds who were not able to adapt quickly enough to their new environment. Yes – they became extinct!

If you are an educator and feel extinction is on the horizon then we would love to help you change the direction by attending our professional development workshops listed on our website.


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