In this Ted Talk Video, Kevin Kelly presents: How AI can bring on a second Industrial Revolution.
“A farmer could take a manual hand pump, and they could add this artificial power, this electricity, and he’d have an electric pump. And you multiply that by thousands or tens of thousands of times, and that formula was what brought us the Industrial Revolution. All the things that we see, all this progress that we now enjoy, has come from the fact that we’ve done that. We’re going to do the same thing now with AI. We’re going to distribute that on a grid, and now you can take that electric pump. You can add some artificial intelligence, and now you have a smart pump. And that, multiplied by a million times, is going to be this second Industrial Revolution.
So now the car is going down the highway, it’s 250 horsepower, but in addition, it’s 250 minds. That’s the auto-driven car. It’s like a new commodity; it’s a new utility. The AI is going to flow across the grid — the cloud — in the same way electricity did. So everything that we had electrified, we’re now going to cognify. And I owe it to Jeff, then, that the formula for the next 10,000 start-ups is very, very simple, which is to take x and add AI. That is the formula, that’s what we’re going to be doing. And that is the way in which we’re going to make this second Industrial Revolution. And by the way — right now, this minute, you can log on to Google and you can purchase AI for six cents, 100 hits. That’s available right now.”
Kevin Kelly is Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. He co-founded Wired in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor for its first seven years. His new book for Viking/Penguin is called The Inevitable, with a publication date of June 6, 2016. He is also founding editor and co-publisher of the popular Cool Tools website, which has been reviewing tools daily since 2003. From 1984-1990 Kelly was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news. He co-founded the ongoing Hackers’ Conference, and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service started in 1985. His books include the best-selling New Rules for the New Economy, the classic book on decentralized emergent systems, Out of Control, a graphic novel about robots and angels, The Silver Cord, an oversize catalog of the best of Cool Tools, and his summary theory of technology in What Technology Wants (2010).