Artificial Intelligence can learn and do nearly anything programmed within them. They can even be programmed to have free will – that includes giving speeches, driving cars, policing, building all sorts of crafts. Though, who’s to say the limit is capped there? There are many of other functions that an AI can perform, with enough coding that is.
Can an AI be taught to be hysterical in a bar? Before answering, we must look at what types of AI there are, as there are a few different types. Generally speaking, there are two types of AI: narrow and strong. Narrow AI are quite literally robots with a fancy name attached to them, as they are programmed to do a simple, or narrow task programmed to them. Within these general categories, there are four types of these machines. The first type are the “reactive machines”, which, as you can tell by its name, innately reacts and reacts alone. They are unable to withhold past actions or memories, rather it simply responds to whatever it perceives from the world and acting based on that. It is very finite in what it does, as anyone could deductively reason from knowing this information.
The second type of AI is the Type II, or the “limited memory” machine. These can look into the past, and unlike the first type, act based on things in the past. However, they are restricted in what they can remember, as their memory only lasts for a short amount of time. A car that is made and installed with this AI will drive itself, remember stop lights, bumps, and being made aware of nearby cars so no collision happens. This can be useful in many situations, but dangerous if the program malfunctioned or got bugged.
The third type is among the answer to the question being asked; Type III or “theory of mind”. Being programmed to understand humans, animals and any observable living creature in the world as well as being able to think and have emotions of their own. This means they can do everything the previous machines are able to do and more. This includes conversing, having philosophical talks with other AIs like them and humans, teaching classes and even being a bartender and excelling at it, as well. In all honesty, this can sound exciting but it can also very much be frightening, especially because history is known to repeat itself.
The fourth and final type of AI is type III, or “self-awareness”. Ultimately, this is an addition to the third type of AI, “theory of mind”. It is almost exactly like a human, aside from the fact that it is made up of electrical wiring, batteries and other non-flesh material. They vividly aware of what they can do, how they can do it, what they know and why they know it. It sounds pretty scary, but it may be a good thing in the future, in some strange way. They are fully conscious, starting from knowing how they feel, what they feel on the inside, what others feel and predict how they would feel.
What is the limit for AI? The answer is that nobody truly knows just yet. Let’s give a hypothetical example – can an AI be programmed and coded to become a bartender, and then crack a few jokes in the pub here and there? The answer to that is yes. As well as they can be programmed to drive cars, take the trash out, talk to humans as if they were human themselves, take dogs for a walk, they can be programmed to do even simpler tasks, such as making jokes at a pub, conversing with customers and the whole nine yards. There is enough technology nowadays to do more than just place a machine with a human mindset in a bar to make jokes. That, if anything, is simply only the beginning.
Creating a program that enables an AI to speak, converse and crack jokes is very simple and quite possible. The limit does not stop there, but extends much further than we can imagine. As was aforementioned, you can pretty much program Artificial Intelligence to do anything you can program or what has already been programmed. This all depends on what technology will hold in the future, and what AI will be brought about to do.