Using the artificial intelligence deep-learning programs, machines can teach themselves to solve complex problems by processing large volumes of information. Spearheaded by the surge in Big Data, the day when AI becomes a part of our everyday life seems already quite close. Even though much of AI technology is still at a nascent stage, our dependence on it is now happening in certain areas. AI’s application is not restricted to one industry or service, and in the near future, AI may affect us in many ways. Some of the probable areas where change will occur at first include:
Self-driving cars are already on our streets and have been for a few years now. Right now the technology, which is being tested in real time, is less than perfect and regulators insist on the presence of a human driver in the car during its test runs.
The public is also uncertain about the concept. Due to these reasons, it will take some more time before self-driving cars become an everyday reality.
However, the bumps ahead in this path are doing little to dissuade organizations from innovating in this field.
Google tested its first self-driving car in 2012. The U.S. Department of Transportation has since then defined multiple levels of automation. Other means of transport, such as trains and airplanes, are already at a more advanced level of automation. Pilots and truck drivers, sorry, your jobs are in jeopardy.
We humans are limited in many ways by our brains and bodies. All our actions depend upon coordination between the two. Scientists trying to find ways to break free from these limitations believe that soon, human beings will be able to do so using AI technology.
Known as cyborg technology, the process aims to unify man and machine to overcome the limitations of our bodies and brain. Ten years ago, such notions might have been closer to science fiction. Not anymore. Now, it’s pure science, not speculation.
For instance, in the case of an amputee, the human brain will be able to send and receive signals to and from the robotic limb and increase the person’s ease in using the prosthetic. This singular achievement will increase the agility of the individual manifold. Such maneuverability can be a godsend for amputees struggling with inconvenient substitute limbs.
Automating hazardous tasks
Robots are today employed in dangerous jobs like bomb diffusion. These are not typical robots but human-operated drones. This is not your regular AI technology but it does keep the bomb-diffusing human safer.
Irrespective of the classification, these automated machines are replacing human beings in many hazardous tasks. With time, AI will be incorporated into their functioning to improve their efficiency as well as safety. This is one field that offers tremendous scope for AI.
Many seniors are dependent on caregivers or family members for their every need. AI is about to storm into this space and revolutionize it (it will be huge in Japan and South Korea; Japan is a big player in this field). “Home robots” are expected to help these elders perform all their daily tasks and give them their much-craved independence.
With these robots replacing caregivers, seniors will be able to stay at their own home longer. This will improve their morale and welfare as well as the wellbeing of the caregivers, many of whom are family members of the senior.
Areas where AI is already making an impact
While the future possibilities with AI are endless, some artificial intelligence programs are already making a difference in the way we live and do business. Here are a few ways AI is affecting life today:
- Virtual assistants: These technology-enabled personal assistants are growing smarter with each interaction. From knowing what you like, the list of items in your fridge, the days you cook, when you go shopping, your assistant will soon know exactly what you need when you get home in the evening. If that sounds uncanny, imagine this. The assistant will use all the information at its disposal to order your groceries and meals without your command!
- Voice-enabled gadgets: Because voice-based virtual assistants became a rage, the same technology is being adapted to almost everything — lamps, TV, cars, really, almost any device you can think of. People liked smart speakers so much they are now using more than one in their homes. The day when several voice response gadgets, driven by different platforms, cohabit a space simultaneously is not far. The day is not far when these gadgets could be speaking with each other, and working together to make life even more efficient.
- Facial recognition innovations: AI can make your face a credit card or your driver’s license a barcode! Facial recognition working in tandem with biometrics is already breaking new ground in security. With Amazon’s Whole Foods merging technology and retail in the most unimaginable manner, the days of standing in queues at the store are numbered. Many more facial recognition-based AI innovations are on the verge of being unraveled.
- On-demand news: Imagine tailor-made on-demand market reposts that offer market performance, comparison with your portfolio, and reasons for each! For instance, at 12:01 p.m., the markets were down 0.5 percent but your portfolio was up 2 percent thanks to the purchase of Acme Industries stock five days before. Such in-depth reports, available at the tip of your fingers, exactly when you need them — that is what AI is expected to produce. This could happen soon and investors can’t wait for its arrival.
- AI in health care: By the end of 2018, 50 percent of the prominent health-care systems will have integrated AI into their diagnostic deliveries. In the first phase, AI technology will be integrated in risky treatments but is soon expected to expand into general health, hospital functioning, and other clinical branches as well. By 2019, health-care delivery could become even more transformed, thanks to AI.
AI technology: A game changer and a life changer
A precise prediction of the future is impossible. Nevertheless, we can state with some certainty that AI technology will play an intrinsic role in our everyday lives in the future.
AI will help humanity evolve and play a decisive role in sectors such as transport, bionics, hazardous occupations, health care, environmental issues, human relationships, and eldercare.
Artificial Intelligence will breech many more bastions in inconceivable ways in the days and years ahead. That is the reason why professionals, irrespective of the industry they represent, are delighted with the ever-growing horizons of AI.
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