Imagine an assistant as powerful and as intelligent as Tony Stark’s JARVIS. The possibilities would be endless. If it existed, we wouldn’t have any real human friends. Maybe, we’d be able to craft our own super-powered suit, provided the individual possesses the smarts and funds required for it. Seems impossible, doesn’t it? As a matter of fact, we are nowhere close to developing a system like JARVIS that can completely blur the line between A.I. and humans i.e. pass the Turing Test. It is rather disappointing,isn’t it?

The current state of A.I. development is not all that bad. Rather, there is some significant progress in developing human-like assistants and bots. We are now closer to developing a real-life ‘JARVIS’ than ever before. There exist systems that effectively are indistinguishable from a human, in very few aspects. That’s progress, right? The assistants in existence such as Siri, Cortana and the Google assistant serve as useful assistants for basic tasks. You can even use them when you just want to hear a lame joke or even for small talk! We have all been there, talking to an assistant testing it’s ability. Here, you’re performing a rather informal Turing Test. The Turing Test, developed by Alan Turing, is a method of inquiry for determining whether or not a computer is capable of thinking like a human being. To better understand Turing Test, imagine a machine is interacting with you and there’s a smokescreen between you and the machine. If you cannot tell whether you’re interacting with a machine or a human, the machine passes the Turing Test. The Google assistant’s Duplex feature, unveiled at Google I/O 2018, was truly a shocker! “Is this for real?”, many asked themselves. The phone call sounded so real, like it was just a normal phone conversation, just a lady booking a salon appointment. According to Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, the assistant can understand the nuances of conversation and adapt to the ongoing real-time conversation. It even adds pauses and modulations associated to normal human speech. Then there’s Sophia, the world’s first robot-citizen, that changes the way we perceive robots. It or She, as you prefer is able to exhibit human expressions! Also, Sophia has a sense of humor. Who would have thought that a robot could look and interact almost like a human? Ideally, she can live on forever. An upside to being a robot! Sophia is not the only one. There are several robots out there that exist with the purpose of making our lives better. Don’t believe me? Watch the segment “Showbotics” on Jimmy Fallon and you’ll know.

In future, we expect many advancements in the A.I. assistants and bots .How well they respond or interact with humans, will improve in the near future. Hopefully, we’ll have an assistant that can successfully pass the Turing Test and interact like an actual human. The way we interact with other humans or with machines may change drastically with the significant on-going progress in A.I. Although, a real life JARVIS seems like a far-fetched idea, we can surely look forward to several advancements in A.I. assistants that bridge the gap between human interaction and machine interaction.

Source: Artificial Intelligence on Medium

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