Cognitive Technical Systems
Cognition is defined as the mental process in which one acquires knowledge and understanding through experience, thought, and senses. It’s an ability that we implement constantly in our day to day lives, but may not even realise we’re using. To further our understanding of the complex idea of cognition, scientists and engineers have started to develop cognitive technical systems, or more popularly known as artificial intelligence. The development of such systems also brings into question what their potential practical applications would be, ranging from translators to even medical staff, things that usually require human intelligence, like snow chains.
Cognitive technical systems, or A.I., are just that. systems that can carry out tasks and instructions that require human intelligence. there have been many different versions of such systems developed in recent years, ranging vastly in their application, but the concept of artificial intelligence has been around for much longer than actual functioning systems. Some of the most noteworthy systems developed in recent years that have seen commercial use are systems like Siri or Alexa, which can carry out a variety of tasks through voice recognition.
Many vehicles also carry some forms of voice recognition systems, as well as the current development of completely autonomous vehicles capable of carrying out all the tasks humans are expected to do while driving. Some of the more advanced systems that don’t see commercial use are systems such as Google’s Deepmind, which is designed to be a self learning A.I. capable of solving complex puzzles and challenges, and being able to apply what it’s learned to future challenges, or Sophia the Robot, a system designed to function similar to a human, capable of recognizing people and able to maintain basic conversations.
While there have been leaps in the development of cognitive technical systems within the past few years, the concept of melding mind and material has been around for centuries. The earliest mention of such concepts can be dated as far back as 1500 BCE with Indian philosophers, and has been a staple of mythos and fiction ever since. An early example is the Greek myth of the golden robots of Hephaestus and Pygmalion’s Galatea. In the middle ages, there were rumors of mythical or alchemical ways of fusing mind into matter, such as Paracelsus‘ Homunculus or Rabbi Judah Loew’s Golem. Such concepts followed through to the 19th century in works of fiction, such as Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein.
It is widely debated what the future of cognitive technical systems will hold, some saying that such systems, once perfected, will lead to mankind’s greatest achievements, while others predict it will surpass human intelligence and humans will no longer be the dominant species, even going as far as saying it will bring about the extinction of mankind.
However, regardless of speculation, there is no real way of knowing what the future of artificial intelligence holds. However, the only thing we can know for certain is that with the development of such systems comes the potential to improve everyday life in ways that were once just the work of science fiction.