Updated: Oct 16, 2019
If God created his universe in 7 days; what could AI do to ours? The arrival of artificial intelligence promises the Intelligence Explosion - where singularity would lead to an exponential increase in A.I. capabilities. This Super Intelligence could lead to the arrival of an omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent being. How would humanity receive this new entity? Would it be omnibenevolent? As of January of 2019, the most powerful AI companies are Apple, Banjo, DJI, Facebook, Google, IBM, and OpenAI.
Apple : Apple has been busy acquiring AI start-ups in recent years and sees Artificial Intelligence as a critical part of its future. In December 2018, the company officially appointed John Giannandrea as head of the AI and Machine Learning department after Google poached the Scottish computer scientist. He will oversee the development of products such as Siri and the company’s new Create ML tool, which MacOS and iOS developers can use to create efficient and straightforward training courses for their apps.
Banjo : Banjo was founded after the tragic bombings of the Boston Marathon 2013. The start-up uses AI to search social media to identify real-time events and situations that could be critical for emergency services and other organizations to operate faster and smarter. The company has raised more than $120 million in funding to date, including investors such as the Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank.
DJI : The first Chinese company on the list, DJI, is still officially a start-up but has already been valued at 15 billion dollars. The company has a market share of more than 70 percent in the global drone market and is increasingly entering the AI market. The latest drones use AI and image recognition to avoid objects. Soon, an entry into autonomous vehicles and robotics can be expected. DJI has recently entered into a partnership with Microsoft for a drone-to-computer streaming project.
Facebook : Artificial intelligence will be enormously powerful in the future. So it’s no surprise that Facebook is investing in AI. Facebook’s AI research group, known as FAIR, says it is committed to advancing the field of machine intelligence and developing new technologies to provide people with better ways to communicate. Mark Zuckerberg and Co. worked on a negotiation platform with two AIs called Alice and Bob, among other things, but ended the project after the couple began communicating in their secret language.
Google : Perhaps the largest and most important AI company on this list is also the most obvious. Google has acquired AI start-ups as if there were going to be no more soon. Over the past four years, Mountain View has created no fewer than twelve new artificial intelligence companies. The most important purchase was the $400 million deal for DeepMind, the board game playing Go champion. There is also Google’s machine system TensorFlow, which is now free for all, and the ongoing Tensor AI chip project for machine learning on the device. Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, has already mentioned that in the long run we are “evolving from a ‘mobile first’ to an ‘AI-first’ world in the computer industry,” and that already says everything you need to know to see where Google sees the future.
IBM : The multinational technology company IBM has been active in AI since the 1950s. The company was involved in the birth of artificial intelligence and is still firmly committed today. With Watson, IBM has created a machine learning platform that can integrate AI into business processes, such as building a chatbot for customer support. Customers include Big Four Auditor, KPMG and Bradesco, one of Brazil’s largest banks.
OpenAI : The non-profit research group revolves around the development of AI for the benefit of all humankind and has managed to maintain its open source mentality, although large sums of money have been raised through investments and some through acquisitions. Some of the biggest names in AI currently work at OpenAI, including deep learning expert Ilya Sutskever. Sponsors include Microsoft, Amazon and Elon Musk.
Movies, in order of appearance:
0:16 - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
0:26 - WarGames (1983)
1:11 - Minority Report (2002)
1:30 - Her (2013)
1:45 - Transcendence (2014)
1:56 - Ex Machina (2015)
2:08 - The Matrix (1999)
2:13 - A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
2:27 - HOME (2009)
2:40 - I, Robot (2004)
2:56 - Blade Runner (1981)
4:23 - Fully Automated Luxury Communism (2015)
4:47 - 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
5:44 - The Day After (1983)