Artificial intelligence (AI) is leaving the realm of science fiction and becoming an integral part of our day to day lives. Probably the most important presence of AI in our lives is the famous virtual assistant. Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa are not only known for their state of the art voice recognition but also for their ability to learn from users and adapt to them, a distinct feature of machine learning. Here are five other ways in which we are already using artificial intelligence in day to day life:
Reducing commuting time is a difficult problem and one where artificial intelligence can make a huge difference in people’s quality of life. Google’s AI uses vast amounts of location data collected from smartphones to suggest the fastest route possible to its users. In the future, self-driving cars powered by artificial intelligence will reduce even further the duration of the daily commute while at the same time decreasing the risk of accidents.
Facebook uses artificial intelligence to suggest which friends you should tag in a picture and to personalize its newsfeed and ads. The animated effects that Snapchat uses are made possible by machine learning algorithms that track movement. Other image-based social networks such as Pinterest and Instagram use an application of AI called computer vision in order to recognize the content of posted pictures.
Artificial intelligence, due to its ability to quickly sort through a large amount of information, is particularly valuable for diagnostic purposes. By training machine learning algorithms on hundreds of thousands of medical images, they are now able to make better diagnostics than human doctors. AI is also proving efficient at providing personalized treatment for patients and predicting future diseases. In the future, surgeries might be performed entirely by robots powered by AI.
Smart home devices that are connected to your smartphones, such as coffee machines, alarms, and fridges, are already available. But using artificial intelligence to power them is making them even smarter. Without the need for you to give verbal commands, such as ‘turn on the lights’ or ‘adjust the thermostat’ the AI-powered home can predict what you want and adjust itself by your preferences.
AI is already being used in education to provide individualized learning that emphasizes the needs of each student. Soon, students will be able to benefit from completely customized AI teaching assistants that will be able to talk to them like a real person, assess their academic progress, and efficiently design their next learning steps. The AI will learn as well with each student it tutors, becoming more and more efficient.
Artificial intelligence is promising to change life in major ways, such as powering as intelligent androids and self-driving cars. While these ambitious projects are still underway, artificial intelligence has already become an important part of our lives and is changing our phones, medical care, and home. When an AI algorithm is well implemented, people don’t even realize they are using artificial intelligence.
5 Everyday Applications of Artificial Intelligence