My Biggest Aspiration!

It’s a common psychological phenomenon: repeat any word enough times, and it eventually loses all meaning, disintegrating like soggy tissue into phonetic nothingness. For many of us, the phrase “artificial intelligence” fell apart in this way a long time ago. While the phrase is unquestionably, undoubtedly misused, the technology is doing more than ever — for both good and bad. It’s being deployed in healthcare and warfare; it’s helping people make music and books; it’s scrutinizing your resume, judging your creditworthiness, and tweaking the photos you take on your phone. In short, it’s making decisions that affect your life.

Growing up in a middle class family, a younger me thought there were no job options rather than being an engineer, doctor, lawyer, or else, a disappointment. But people who I’ve admired, and possibly those you admire too always try to share a message with the same meaning, “Do what YOU want to do”. Always choose something you’re most happy with, and if there’s slightly anything which brushes your focus away or does not satisfy you, leave it. The dream I’ve had always revolved around coding and robots, both of which always amazed me. Later in my teenage years, I learnt that these two aspects combine together into something called ‘Artificial Intelligence’, and honestly the name was enough to fascinate me.

Artificial Intelligence will rapidly be spread all over the globe, which made me decide why not learn how these machines work beforehand, because at the end of the day almost every human will encounter and interact with them anyway! The fact that AI can possibly be better versions of humans because you basically tell them what to do and what not and they will function just as you programmed it to. No robot will be programmed to harm the environment in any possible way. That’s a commitment, at least for me. Thinking about all that gave me a sharper idea for my goal in life, and I have already initiated the first phase of learning programming, because if machines can change the way our world functions for good, it would be an absolute endeavor for me to take up on this opportunity.

Do you ever wonder — what is something we lack that other humans are gifted with, which leads them to make marvelous discoveries? Those humans simply set a goal and challenge for themselves. Let’s take Mark Zuckerberg as an example; mega billionaire, CEO of world’s most popular social media apps, had a simple goal in his mind. Now, even though Mark accomplished his initial goal, he still challenges himself to create more — just like his recent AI Personal Home Assistant, Jarvis; assures security, entertainment and company to Mark and his family which was a challenge Mark set for himself and surely, he did it. Pretty impressive for a guy who launched his business from a Harvard dorm room in 2004 if you ask me. And that’s where I get my inspiration.

On an ending note, we can’t exactly pinpoint how far humanity will take science and technology on Earth, but we can claim the AI will always be a step further than us. For each step into development of AI, I want to be there and I want to develop them myself. It’s like being a chef and supervising every topping that goes onto a pizza, making sure nothing goes wrong, because your goal is to please the customers with a product which you might have spent years, maybe even decades to master.­

This is my biggest aspiration.


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