Artificial Intelligence is something that will greatly impact our future. Although it is difficult to foresee technological advancements, AI is sure to assume a prominate role. Where AI enhanced systems were once only used in research labs and by the Department of Defense, it is only a matter of time before smart systems will be commonplace in schools, the workplace, and home. Drug companies may use intelligent computers to seek the most promising chemicals and methods to cure diseases, and then setting up experiments to test the new compounds. Imagine having AI machines taking on the role of secretaries. Undoubtedly the future will rely on the technologies that dedicated researchers and scientists are developing today. The demand for these technologies, especially AI, will increase. Many wonder where will that leave humans. Edward Fredkin, decades ago stated on AI:
There are three great events in history. One, the creation of the universe. Two, the appearance of life. The third one, which I think is equal in importance, is the appearance of artificial intelligence. This is a form of life that is very different, and that has possibilities for intellectual achievement that are hard for us to imagine. These machines will evolve: some intelligent computers will design others, and they'll get to be smarter and smarter. The question is, where will that leave us? It's fairly difficult to imagine how you can have a machine that's millions of times smarter than the smartest person and yet is really our slave, doing what we want. They may condescend to talk to us, they may play games that we like to play, and in some sense, they might keep us as pets.