AI is not something that we can touch, feel, taste, swallow, or toss back and forth like a ball. At the same time, it will soon become part of every one of these senses and activities, and that kind of future is showing up at our doorsteps with increased regularity.
Change is our only constant. As this scales up, the rapid onset of AI means every new generation of people will participate in far more unique experiences than ever before.
As we find ourselves immersed in a world of change, our most ingenious innovators will be using AI and its seemingly unlimited tool sets to develop a new generation of entertainment. Our present forms of entertainment will pale in comparison.
To be sure, AI will infiltrate the entertainment industry and rewrite the rules for fame, engagement, accomplishment, and most importantly, our way of thinking about success.
With advances in image capture and manipulation, people no longer need to learn complex tools like Photoshop to enhance and alter their images. AI is already being used in every aspect of image augmentation to produce the best possible photo. However, the latest idea is using AI to generate images from scratch, and produce the entire composition synthetically.
While the tool sets of musicians will improve on every conceivable scale, the tool sets of listeners will expand at an even faster rate. Very little of today’s music industry will remain unchanged over the coming decades.
Most AI today is based on spotting patterns in large data sets. Because software is fast and never tires, AI has an edge over humans when it comes to most simple tasks. But it gets harder when it tries to make sense out feelings and emotions, and that’s what’s at the heart of most humor.
Even the best stand-up comedians will admit, there is no magic formula for producing the perfect joke. Much of what makes us laugh depends on subtle factors such as context, surprise, and body language.
That said, future AI will eventually learn to reverse engineer humor in weird and unusual ways.
We are quickly moving from making movies about AI to using AI to help us make the movies. With film making, 99% of the work today is very mundane. It involves going through hundreds of hours of video to find the best clips for a 2-second insert. AI will become a powerful tool for reducing the tedium of old-fashioned movie making and much more.
Dining and the Culinary Arts
A great dining experience generally requires the human touch, but IBM’s AI-enabled Chef Watson offers a glimpse of how AI can become a sous-chef, of sorts, to help develop recipes and advise human chefs on food combinations and mixing techniques to create completely unique flavors.
Gaming and Sports
We are on the verge of gamifying nearly every aspect of our lives including our employment, recreations, social interactions, education, entertainment, family life, and even our purpose in society.
As humans, we are obsessed with trying new things, pushing the boundaries, and testing our limits just to make a difference.In the end, everything AI does will have to fit into one of our human-centered value systems that take into account our personal desires, ambitions, and abilities.
Indeed, it is in this context that we find ourselves coming up with groundbreaking new ideas like gravity boots, jazz music, graphic novels, self-driving cars, blockchain, machine learning, and artistic pyro techniques using fireworks that are dropped from drones and synced to the music.We are just now getting a glimpse of the amazing future ahead, and it will be captivating, thrilling, shocking, and extraordinary all at the same time.