Man created machines to help him, to do that extra physical work he had to do, the very reason for which he started taming animals. Once that task was done, he started making tools that gave him comfort and made his life better, and now we have reached the stage where machines guide us. The smart the man becomes, the smarter the machines are becoming, all the applications and machines that we use in our daily life will enunciate this fact.
With every invention man came up with, a significant change came to mankind. Now such a change of this age is expected from the emerging technology Artificial Intelligence. When we talk about Artificial intelligence, often people muddle it with Virtual Intelligence. Though both the technologies are mostly alike, it is not indistinguishable. It can be said, Artificial Intelligence is the destination we are trying to reach while virtual intelligence is the path that techies have chosen.
Virtual intelligence is a seed that has already been planted and is now flourishing. Many of our daily life apps work based on virtual intelligence, but most of us don’t know that we are using it already, as people mistake virtual intelligence for artificial intelligence. This article focuses on giving you a clear vision of what virtual intelligence is and how it differs from AI.
What is Virtual Intelligence?
Virtual Intelligence is artificial intelligence in a controlled environment. It is a combination of artificial intelligence and virtual reality. Virtual Intelligence applications decide between the choices, but don’t think of new possibilities. It is a set of algorithms that directs its flow based on the reactions of the user, these algorithms only act on the predefined factors that were fed to them on development, they have no ability to make decisions out of those.
The virtual intelligence can be imposed on an immersive virtual platform or a non-immersive virtual platform. Whatever environment be the VI application built on, it only works in a restricted way. The results are calculated outputs of the input. These outputs are dependent on predetermined factors and input, so until the input is obtained from the user, Virtual Intelligence applications cannot arrive at a conclusion about their next move. This is the major factor that stops VI from mimicking human thinking.
Artificial Intelligence Vs Virtual Intelligence
Though, Virtual Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence share major identities the major factor that distinguishes them is their potential intelligence. When Artificial Intelligence applications have the ability to think, they learn and react based on the trial and error method. On the same hand Virtual Intelligence applications are limited to choosing the programmed reactions, they don’t learn beyond an extent, for example, a neural network designed for the diagnosis of cancer can learn and improve its accuracy from the number of inputs fed, however, it cannot diagnose diseases other than cancer from the patient’s information, all it can do is to either say if it is a case of cancer or not.
That said, there is no bright chance of improvisation in VI unless the model is altered with human intervention but AI can enter a phase of unsupervised learning, where the application improves and learns with every move without any human intervention.
As mentioned, Virtual Intelligence applications use a predefined factor to calculate the output based on the input from the user. This property demands Virtual Intelligence applications to wait for the complete input in order to decide its next move. Unless the user reaction is obtained, the system will assume to have no input change and will not update the output.
Since VI applications are input dependent, the error is captured only after it occurs, after which VI comes up with solutions that only mitigate the damage, while AI is so much capable of predicting and stoping the error way before it could even occur.
To be more precise about damage control, the most common example used is Google Maps, in Google Maps, the algorithm just updates to a new route whenever you take a wrong turn, but doesn’t warn you from taking one. This way it ensures you reach your destination even after you make an error, thus controlling the damage whereas, AI applications could avoid the same.
Artificial Intelligence in Virtual Intelligence ?
When Artificial Intelligence is definitely smarter than Virtual Intelligence, why should you choose VI over Artificial Intelligence, the simple answer is cost.
Not all businesses will need the complete Artificial Intelligence set up to develop the application that can absolutely work well with much cheaper and easier Virtual Intelligence.
Systems like virtual trainers, task simulators for learning purposes can work well with VI systems so investing in Artificial Intelligence for such systems will only be unnecessary, while a self-driving car company is obligated to invest in Artificial Intelligence. So it is completely based on the business needs that one should opt Virtual Intelligence over Artificial Intelligence.
Virtual Intelligence now
Today, many applications that are aiming to be a fully developed Artificial Intelligence system in the future are now developed as the VI systems. As Artificial Intelligence is a developing concept and requires a lot more research, experts are developing Virtual Intelligence systems more as a beta phase of the future driven Artificial Intelligence applications.
Few Virtual Intelligence applications that are in use are navigation applications, google maps, fitness trackers, virtual assistants, task simulators that are used to train doctors and bomb diffusers, and a lot more. These applications have no need to think on their own, it is more than enough if a virtual patient reacts based on the doctor’s action, this will explain why VI is sufficient for certain applications.
Virtual Intelligence in future
VI is not expected to be extinct on the rise of artificial intelligence, as mentioned earlier, there is a definite need for virtual intelligence in the future too, but like any other technology, VI is also expected to evolve with time.
VI might find its way into cybersecurity, where applications that detect security breaches and shut the system could be developed. Virtual trainers and task simulation, though it is already in existence can become a new normal way of learning in the future.
Virtual Intelligence does not hold many threats and concerns that Artificial Intelligence does. However, unemployment may be an inevitable problem in a few fields with the rise of virtual intelligence, but it is definitely promising better benefits.
Both VI and AI are in their initial stages, many advanced applications will emerge as these concepts proliferate. Meanwhile, let us learn to adapt to these changes without losing the ability to think on our own. It is nice to have a machine that thinks like a human, but the problem arises when the machine decides for humans, it is a thin line between, let’s not have that washed away in the hustle of curiosity.