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The age of intelligence creeps up on us


The advent of big data and machine intelligence will have a significant impact on our technological development, business and society. In The Age of Intelligence: Big Data and the Smart Revolution Redefine the Future, author Wu Jun points out that, first, problems we thought were very difficult to solve in the past will be solved by the use of big data and machine intelligence, such as solving the challenge of personalized cancer treatment. At the same time, big data and machine intelligence will also revolutionize future business models, and many traditional industries will adopt smart technologies to achieve upgrades and change their original business models at the same time. The impact of big data and machine intelligence on the future of society is all-encompassing.

In recent years, mankind has made significant breakthroughs in a number of frontier areas of science and technology, which include: artificial intelligence, genetic technology, nanotechnology, etc. In the past year, we've seen much of what exists in science fiction become reality: artificial intelligence beating top human chess players, self-driving car technology maturing, and mass robots replacing workers on production lines ...... Perhaps even in our lifetimes we can expect to see the maturation of interstellar voyaging technology. When these things, which were once the "future" of human society, come true one by one, we can perhaps say that the "smart age", which has already begun to emerge, is what human beings imagine the "future" to be.

The Age of Intelligence is a book that showcases Dr. Wu Jun's insights and forward thinking, which come from his years of front-line practical experience in the field of big data and machine intelligence. The entire book provides a comprehensive explanation of the revolution in thinking, the technical challenges posed by the big data and intelligence revolution, and how machine intelligence is changing human society. Unlike some other books written about machine intelligence, this book, like several of the author's previous books, maintains a consistent presentation of science that is lively and accessible, with a sense of warmth.

Big data is the cure for uncertainty. "Seeing the world with uncertainty and using information to remove that uncertainty" is the essence of big data to solve intelligent problems. In his book, Dr. Wu Jun mentions that the uncertainty of the world comes from two sources: the first is that there are so many variables affecting the world that they cannot be described by mathematical models; the second is from the objective world itself: uncertainty is a characteristic of the universe in which we live. Thus, it is no longer possible to make predictions about the future at all using mechanistic theory.

Shannon, the genius of the world, introduced "information entropy" by borrowing the concept of "entropy" from thermodynamics, and used information theory to link the uncertainty of the world with information. This theory, built on uncertainty, is the cornerstone of human research into big data and machine intelligence today.

Solving intelligent problems means transforming them into problems that eliminate uncertainty, and big data is the cure for the uncertainty problem. It is foreseeable that countless opportunities will be born here.

Existing industry + new technology = new industry

In his book, Dr. Wu Jun summarizes a pattern in all technological revolutions since the first industrial revolution, that is, each technological revolution revolves around a core technology. The first industrial revolution was steam engine, the second industrial revolution was electricity, the information revolution was computers and semiconductor chips, and the current smart revolution is big data and machine intelligence. And in every technological revolution, the only way to be invincible is to be the first to adopt the new technology. In the smart revolution, existing industries will be fully upgraded and become new industries when new technologies are adopted, which will bring us unlimited opportunities. The smart revolution poses unprecedented discontinuity challenges

One of the key ideas of this book is that the machine intelligence revolution occurs from the accumulation of big data volumes reaching a qualitative singularity. From this perspective, machine learning is not fundamentally different from human learning. For thousands of years, our human knowledge has been based on the inductive method, which implicitly assumes that "the future will continue to be the same as the past", in other words, it should be called the assumption of continuity. But this coming "age of intelligence", so to speak, will be an unprecedented "discontinuity" for humanity. How to survive in the new era, across the underlying cognitive discontinuity, is the first step forward.

The extent of the revolution brought about by AI will be deeper and broader than the industrial revolution. The book also mentions that some people are beginning to have a degree of concern about change, believing that machine intelligence will jeopardize job opportunities for the entire human race in the future and that most people will no longer be needed by society in the future. Inevitably, every major technological revolution brings pain, but at the same time, more new opportunities are born. The first step we need to take to win in the age of intelligence and become the "2%" is to break the existing cognitive shackles.


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