7 July, 2017
APIs, Ecosystems, And The Democratization Of Machine Intelligence
It’s funny the ways pop culture conditions our sense of how humans and machine intelligence (MI) might interact.
Take Star Wars. When Threepio warns Han Solo that it’s almost impossible to successfully navigate an asteroid field, how does Solo respond? By barreling the Millennium Falcon into an asteroid field, of course. Artificial intelligence abounds in that galaxy far, far away—but not with much obvious effect on human decision-making.
Iron Man offers a different take on MI. Tony Stark builds intelligence into almost every aspect of his life—managing smart devices in his home, helping him engineer new inventions, even offering real-time analysis to help him counter opponents in combat. Whereas to Han Solo, MI is generally a sidekick, to Stark, it’s often a way to amplify his own intelligence and accomplish things he couldn’t accomplish himself.