Much is said about artificial intelligence (AI) and how it is impacting our lifestyle. Logically, there are still many doubts about its possible scope, but it is already a reality how it is transforming the collection and analysis of data, interconnecting various systems and flows in companies.
One of its most attractive applications for the public -and at the same time most controversial- is the creation of content, both in the form of text (for example with chatGPT) or digital art (for example with Stable Diffusion). The ChatGPT tool is capable of creating any type of text, which has been a huge challenge for colleges and universities. This very article could have been written with an AI and not by a human… would you be able to tell the difference?
The machinery sector is also part of this transformation. We can see an example of this in a report from the White House, in the United States, which indicates that AI, 20 years from now, will be present in many machines, surpassing human performance in various tasks. Specialists and scientists predict that reactive machines will be developed first, that is, those without the ability to create memories. Then there are those with limited memory, those that can look into the past. In this category are the autonomous vehicles that are already a reality. And, much further in the future, there will be machines that will be able to create representations of the world. They are those machines that will understand how we human beings think. Finally, there is the category of Self-Awareness, that is, machines that will be aware of themselves, their capabilities and their relationship with the environment.
All of the above sounds like science fiction, but beyond what is possible or impossible, it is important to keep in mind that human beings, at some point, will live with tremendously advanced and sophisticated machinery. Now, AI is already present in our day to day. Recently, a study by the Center for Corporate Reputation of the ESE Business School of the Universidad de Los Andes revealed that AI is already a reality in areas such as marketing and sales, and also in customer segmentation. However, the study also indicated that only 57.2% of companies in Chile claim to understand what AI is all about. Today we see more and more how there are "virtual assistants" in the machines that detect the sleepiness of the operator, or the performance of the machines, activating security measures and a large number of new devices. In fact, the machines are increasingly sophisticated and are true "computers".
The truth is that AI is part of a new paradigm, not only in the field of machinery, but rather a new social, cultural, technological and interrelation pattern with modern cities and among us, human beings. Undoubtedly, we will have to be capable of adopting it, using it for the best purposes, creating new realities in our machinery sector, some totally unsuspected.