New Emerging Technology

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Class
 Essay:
 A
 New
 Emerging
 Technology
  It’s
 hard
 to
 imagine
 where
 the
 world
 we
 know
 today
 is
 headed
 when
 it
 comes
 to
  technology.
 A
 currently
 emerging
 technology
 is
 Artificial
 Intelligence.
 The
 concept
 has
 been
  around
 for
 decades.
 John
 McCarthy
 first
 coined
 the
 term
 ‘Artificial
 Intelligence’
 in
 1956.
  McCarthy
 defined
 Artificial
 Intelligence
 (or
 AI)
 as
 "the
 science
 and
 engineering
 of
 making
  intelligent
 machines."
 The
 more
 modern
 definition
 of
 AI
 is
 “the
 study
 and
 design
 of
  intelligent
 agents"
 where
 intelligent
 agent
 refers
 to
 a
 system
 that
 can
 recognize
 its
  environment
 and
 then
 takes
 action(s)
 which
 quantifies
 its
 possible
 success.
  Although
 Artificial
 Intelligence
 has
 been
 an
 evolving
 concept
 in
 the
 scientific
 community,
  I’m
 sure
 McCarthy
 had
 not
 fathomed
 the
 realm
 of
 possibilities
 that
 could
 derive
 from
  refining
 the
 concept.
 AI
 overlaps
 with
 robotics
 in
 which
 we
 have
 the
 autonomous
 car
 or
 the
  “driverless”
 car
 developing.
 Global
 Positioning
 Systems
 (GPS)
 have
 played
 a
 key
 role
 in
  these
 driverless
 cars.
 The
 GPS
 technology
 allows
 the
 car
 to
 know
 its
 relative
 location
 and
  what
 surrounds
 it.
 In
 2011
 Google
 was
 awarded
 a
 US
 patent
 for
 self-­‐driving
 cars.
 
  I
 first
 discovered
 that
 they
 had
 actually
 succeeded
 in
 creating
 a
 driverless
 car
 when
  searching
 for
 a
 topic
 for
 this
 paper.
 I
 was
 astonished!
 It’s
 been
 a
 possibility
 portrayed
 in
  movies
 and
 something
 I
 thought
 might
 come
 around
 in
 a
 hundred
 years
 or
 so.
 According
 to
  an
 article
 written
 by
 the
 New
 York
 Times
 Sebastian
 Thrum,
 the
 developer
 behind
 Google’s
  driverless
 car
 predicted
 that
 by
 2030
 “more
 people
 will
 use
 self-­‐driving
 cars
 in
 their
 daily
  commute
 than
 manually
 driven
 cars.”
 The
 New
 York
 Times’
 website
 had
 an
 option
 for
  readers
 to
 make
 suggestions
 to
 this
 timeline.
 On
 average
 readers
 predicted
 that
 this
 will
  happen
 around
 2023.
 The
 date
 has
 been
 moved
 1,794
 times.
 
  This
 technology
 is
 only,
 at
 most,
 a
 few
 decades
 from
 becoming
 an
 everyday
 reality
 for
 our
  society.
 I
 thought
 I
 would
 discuss
 the
 possible
 utilizations,
 and
 impacts
 this
 technology
  could
 have
 on
 life
 as
 we
 know
 it.
 I
 think
 it
 is
 an
 interesting
 aspect
 to
 consider
 the
 possible
  differences
 this
 type
 of
 technology
 can
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