From the paranoia of major job losses to robots taking over the world, we look at five interesting stories that made news worldwide.
From Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning to major job losses in the IT sector, news headlines were abuzz with developments from the tech world through the year.
The year saw opening up of unknown avenues, and disruption in various walks of life by the way of technology.
From the paranoia of major job losses to robots taking over the world, Moneycontrol looks at the five interesting stories that made news worldwide:
Job losses at IT companies:
A crisis unfolded in the IT sector when large Indian and global companies handed out pink slips to their employees in large numbers as the sector moved towards automation for back-end operations that at one point needed an army of coders.
What followed was talks surrounding employees looking to unionize, to which the top brass of IT stated that reskilling, and not unionizing would be the best option for all the stakeholders in the sector. Employees who were able to deal with machine learning and AI operations and maintenance would now get the top jobs in IT.
Artificial Intelligence defeats the best DOTA 2 players:
The capabilities of Artificial Intelligence were demonstrated by an AI bot that defeated the world’s best players of DOTA 2, an online game. This was big as DOTA is a complex and very popular game usually played between two teams of five players each. The objective of each team is to seize and destroy other team’s base.
Professional tournaments with huge cash prizes (running into millions) show just how much time and effort it takes to make oneself proficient in a game like this. The top players play the game on a full-time basis.
The bot, created by OpenAI, defeated world’s best players in the game in one-on-one battles. Elon Musk, who runs the startup, celebrated the bot’s victory in a tweet.
Earlier, a bot that utilized machine learning also managed to defeat a world championship player in GO, a Japanese board game that uses several permutations and combinations.
Interestingly, Elon Musk set up this company to prevent any AI to take over human civilization as we know it. Musk is very wary of AI, even going so far as to say that the threat of AI is even bigger than that of North Korea.