Artificial Intelligence in Action

Artificial intelligence has gone from being the brain child of sci-fi authors to having full-scale real world applications in almost every walk of life. From self-driving cars to digital assistants such as Alexa and Siri, you are sure to meet AI everywhere you go!

Who knew that computers would start thinking for themselves so soon? We always thought of artificial intelligence as this ultra sci-fi, edgy computer overlords of the future but right now AI seems quite benign to be frank.

And a hell of a lot helpful if you please…

Of course the use of AI depends on the feasibility of the task and difficulty of carrying it out, but generally speaking, AI has lent a helping hand when it comes to efficiently performing simple yet tedious tasks like parking a car or searching for something online. it is fair to say that use of AI can only be seen as increasing at an exponential rate in the future.

SELF-DRIVING CARS

This is one of the most familiar use of AI, largely thanks to the efforts of Elon Musk and his company, Tesla. The concept of Self-driving cars is becoming increasingly realistic and feasible. Considering the amount of research and development that is being put into self-driving cars by huge tech corporations (Google, Amazon) as well as car manufactures, it seems that soon enough we will be chauffeured around by advanced driving algorithms and robots, which will not only increase the efficiency of our current traffic systems but are also less prone to accidents. In fact, some high-end vehicles come with AI parking systems already.

According to the Washington post, google is developing an algorithm that helps cars learn how to drive by themselves. Tesla on the other hand, lags a little behind in the self-driving department but they definitely make up for it by producing commercially usable products unlike most major players out there.

 

Surveillance

Normally, surveillance cameras and feeds are usually monitored by humans but imagine if we could train AI do the same. Humans are susceptible to boredom and boredom leads to fragmented attention towards the matter at hand. And who can blame them? It’s hardly an exciting line of work.

But AI do not pose such problems. Of course an AI doesn’t get bored so you don’t have to worry about any unexplained lapse in attention. On top of that, AI can monitor various screens at the same time unlike us humans and can learn through machine learning and genetic algorithms whereby they register and analyze each instance of the task and use it to improve their function in the future. Eventually, this leads to performance improvement over time and uses less resources.

Currently AI is very limited in its capabilities to identify threats correctly but this may change in the near future as more and more resources are poured into development of AI. In fact who knows in the near future even patrolling duties maybe performed by automated security drones? It certainly seems possible especially if we take into account the rapid rate at which self-driving AI are being produced. But for now all we can do is keep our fingers crossed and be hopeful.

 

Customer Service

Almost all websites offer customers to chat with customer support. This is one of the more universal use of AI. You’d be surprised at how many of these are not bored office interns but are in fact basic forms of A!.

These “chatbots” are a little more than automated response systems. However, they can also collect data from the customer and mimic human interactions, at least in a crude way.

However, due to the vast differences in speech patterns for everyone, these chatbots often can not provide the “human” touch to conversations. It is likely that their performance will improve with advancements in AI technology

 

Virtual Assistants

Virtual Assistants have the ability to conduct very particular tasks just like personal assistants or secretaries. Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant and Cortana are all Virtual Assistants.

You might wonder how are they able to recognize your voice and help you find whatever you are looking for which can be locations, internet searches, reviews and even directions. The secret obviously lies in AI and machine learning algorithms. They allow virtual assistants to continue to update and make small changes in their so called “behavior” to continue to improve the user experience by personalizing it to each specific user.

Recently, Googles’s new virtual assistant was revealed to be able to make calls and reservation with actual human, something no less than a miraculous feat. This portrays the potential that AI carries as essential tool in helping us navigate the world in an easier and efficient way

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