Artificial Intelligence, the 2019 Silver Niobium edition, looks to a future that has already begun. We humans have been using artificial intelligence, in the form of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, to think for us for quite a while now. Highly functioning and always available, computers help us go about our daily business in a reliable fashion without us even noticing. Brain-teasers that adults find incomprehensible are child’s play for computers. The creative genius that has long distinguished humans from our physical superiors, the animals, is in danger of being superseded. Yet, ironically, we remain superior to robots in terms of our ‘animalistic’ abilities, which include our perception and motor skills. Will this ‘super intelligence’ imprison us or will it set us free? Only time will tell if artificial intelligence will lead us to the promised land.
The coin’s obverse shows the head of a humanoid robot in its electric-blue niobium core and a processor from which conductor paths extend to the silver outer ring. The coin’s reverse symbolically depicts developments related to artificial intelligence: the e-health system, smart machines, processors, digitalisation, data analysis and artificial neural networks. Neural synapses spread from the outer ring into the niobium core where they meet a binary code. In the foreground, we see the outline of a head symbolising our ignorance about the future functioning of humanoid super intelligence.