The Progress Report on AI and Robotics

Peter Diamandis: It's really when you combine AI & Robotics together that you have magic happening.

We think about this current decade we're in as the decade of biotech. The next decade is really the decade where artificial intelligence and robotics are going to begin to mature and impact society in an extraordinary fashion.  Of course, AI and Robotics are here today, they're just extraordinarily niche.  We don't have Hal and we don't have iRobot coming out and interacting with us on a daily basis.

But the fact of the matter is the seeds for both of those are here.  Today, the brain is computing on the average of about 10 to the 16th cycles per second and the average $1,000 laptop is computing about 10 to the 111th cycles per second, but at the current rate of Moore's Law it's estimated that the average laptop will be computing at the rate of the human mind in less than 15 years.  We're going to start to see super computers with the capability of the human brain now in this next year or two.

So the question is will this level of intense capability really bring about systems that can effectively pass the Turing test and be seen to have the personality capabilities of humans?  At the same time robotics are growing extraordinary. We're going from robots that are just in, if you would, the automotive manufacturing plant to robots like those being built by Scott Hassan at Willow Garage, which are really meant to interact as home-based humanoid type robots.

So we have a huge potential to create increased productivity in the home and release us from the daily drudgery to increase productivity, increase the global economic output, but it's really when you combine AI & Robotics together that you have magic happening.

We're going to start to see tremendous shifts in the work place, tremendous shifts in new forms of opportunities, businesses, and of course as always when we have disruptive exponential technologies, companies coming out of no place and companies literally thrown by the wayside that were based on last century's technologies. 

In Their Own Words is recorded in Big Think's studio.

Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Big Think Edge
  • The meaning of the word 'confidence' seems obvious. But it's not the same as self-esteem.
  • Confidence isn't just a feeling on your inside. It comes from taking action in the world.
  • Join Big Think Edge today and learn how to achieve more confidence when and where it really matters.
Sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies
  • There are 2 different approaches to governing free speech on college campuses.
  • One is a morality/order approach. The other is a bottom-up approach.
  • Emily Chamlee-Wright says there are many benefits to having no one central authority on what is appropriate speech.

USA ranked 27th in the world in education and healthcare—down from 6th in 1990

America continues to tread water in healthcare and education while other countries have enacted reforms to great effect.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Politics & Current Affairs
  • The American healthcare and education systems are known to need some work, but a new study suggests we've fallen far in comparison to the rest of the world.
  • The findings show what progress, if any, 195 countries have made over the last twenty years
  • The study suggests that economic growth is tied to human capital, which gives a dire view of America's economic prospects.
Keep reading Show less
Big Think Edge
  • Economist Sylvia Ann Hewlett breaks down what qualities will inspire others to believe in you.
  • Here's how 300 leaders and 4,000 mid-level managers described someone with executive presence.
  • Get more deep insights like these to power your career forward. Join Big Think Edge.