How 5g Aids Machine Learning in Artificial Intelligence
5G Changes EVERYTHING! Machine Learning in Artificial Intelligence
The focus of my site is to make you aware of, and prepare you for, the advancement of 5G in cell phones, but there is a far greater overall importance in the use and spread of 5G than just in your phone service. This post will acquaint you with the interrelationship of artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning. I hope to give you a simple but sufficient understanding of machine learning in artificial intelligence (A.I.) and how something called “deep learning” relates to the whole picture. By the time I am done, you will easily see how 5G makes the future of this whole field possible.
By now we are all familiar with robots in popular culture. Much of our concept of artificial intelligence unfortunately derives from those sources. Who can forget “Open the pod bay doors, Hal” and the chilling response of “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that” from 2001, A Space Odyssey? Or the benign representation depicted by Haley Joel Osment in Steven Spielberg’s 2001 classic, “A.I. – Artificial Intelligence”. As off or on target as you may feel those representations were, the reality is that A.I. is no longer a future concept. It is and has been a part of your everyday life. It has been for years.
When you go to the grocery store and you or a cashier scans your items, you are seeing a form of A.I. at work. Have you ever wondered how, as soon as your order is done, you will often receive not only your receipt but another paper tape with a coupon offer for something you just bought? Ever wonder how that happens? Or when you are searching for a product online, have you ever noticed the ads for the same item that pop up in the side columns on your screen? Ads that will follow you for a long time afterward. How does it work? When you go to a fast food restaurant and see those kiosks where you can order for yourself, guess what? You are experiencing elements of A.I. every time.
Artificial Intelligence, in its broadest sense, is machines – computers – mimicking humans. That’s it. That is all there is to it. No magic. Just a lot of work put in by multitudes of computer programmers to create systems that do the work of humans. Think of an automobile manufacturing plant. All those large robot arms moving in preprogrammed arcs, twists and turns to position parts, move heavy chassis, weld steel, paint, etc. I remember in my teen years, how much concern there was that robotics would cause major unemployment. It did for a while, but industry adjusted and now, men and machines work together in those functions. We have learned that there are some operations for which humans are still needed in the process. For now.
So let’s start by realizing that artificial intelligence is with us now and will be even more so in the future. A.I. is the basis for discussion of our next term: Machine Learning.
This is a term you may not have heard about or with which you may not be as familiar. I will not get as involved in my explanation as many of the sources I have researched. I want to keep this down-to-earth. It is better to know that a wristwatch works than it is to concern ourselves with all the details of its inner workings. So let me explain the basics of machine learning.
If artificial intelligence (A.I.) is simply machines programmed to mimic humans, think of machine learning as a major subset of A.I. Machine learning is making machines that learn from past data. This level of A.I. has actually been around since the 1980s, but we see it more and more every year.
Every time you do a Google search, you are using a function of machine learning. Notice when you do a search, you often see a number of suggested related searches popping up under the search you are typing. The Google algorithm has learned enough about your previous searches and may include the most prevalent searches similar to yours and presents them so you don’t have to continue typing. The list of results may or may not be spot-on with what you wanted, but it is the system’s “best guess” based on past data. Just click the alternate that best suits your need and Google does the rest.
As our need for more information rapidly increases, there is a constant need for more data to be both stored and retrieved more efficiently. That is where the function of “deep learning” comes into play. Let’s take a quick look at it.
Machine learning is a subset of A.I. Deep learning is a subset of machine learning. Again, it is not my purpose to go into a lot of detail and minutiae. If you want that, do some searches or enroll in some computer science courses. I want this to stay as easy as possible for the general public to ingest, like knowing how to tell time on a watch rather than going into what each gear (or circuit) does.
5G Technology Makes It All Possible
Machine learning is the capacity of computers to “learn” from past data or from whatever data it is given. Deep learning goes a step further and involves giving the machine the ability to train itself to perform tasks and to improve on its own efficiency. Speech recognition and facial recognition are examples of deep learning. The technology is here and now. But it is also in its infancy. The one common need in all applications in this area is the need for more and more data capacity. And THAT is where 5G comes in. It provides all the spectrum, bandwidth and memory capacity for all these functions to operate at higher levels of intricacy and efficiency than ever before and it is virtually limitless. The more the need increases, the more 5G is there to meet the need. Never before has this been possible!
Worried about “Skynet”?
The more we seek to imitate human abilities, the more we try to reach the enormous, amazing, God-given abilities of the human brain. But we haven’t really even come close. If you are worried about a “Terminator”-style takeover of mankind by automatons, let me put your mind at ease.
I read recently where researchers and experts in the area of the human brain have pointed out that there are more computing abilities, neurons, synapses and other neurological “wiring” in one human brain than exists in all the computers, mainframes and networks in the entire world. One human brain! Even mine!
It is up to man to control and utilize the technology he creates. We can and we will. So enjoy what is coming. 5G is a marvelous innovation for all of us. Let’s use it wisely. By the way, click here to see 5G cell phones that may be available to you right now!