As the hype of AI and machine learning grows, one thing is clear: AI is affecting the lives of many consumers. From virtual assistants to self-driving cars, AI is already integrated in many of our daily lives – it is moving objects, providing information, reasoning, planning, and communicating on a daily basis. Let’s take a look at some of the revolutionary AI’s currently on the block as well as a glimpse of what we think is to come.
Now that voice-to-text technology is accurate enough for basic conversation, many of us are using these AI assistants to set reminders, search the internet, and add dinner dates to our calendars. Alexa, an AI personal assistant, can order your groceries (online), create to-do lists, and answer questions via the internet. The sophisticated Google Assistant will play your favorite playlist, check local information (like traffic and event times), and with smart home integration, can dim your lights and control the thermostat.
Smart assistants are bridging the gap between smart homes and their residents. Last year, Mark Zuckerberg built Jarvis – a simple AI to run in his home (based off of Robert Downey Jr.’s imitation assistant from the Iron Man movie). It could play music, recognize friends at the door, and was taught to learn Mark’s tastes and preferences, new words, and concepts.
Zuckerberg, a technology guru, explained that his limitations were not the technology of Jarvis, but that there weren’t enough home appliances for the AI to communicate with. Meaning if Google and Amazon can integrate with more home appliances, we are going to be on a fast path to smart homes for everyone.
Yep, AI can also write stories. And according to Wired, news organizations like Fox, Yahoo!, and the Associated Press are all using AI to write things like news stories, final fantasy recaps, and financial summaries.
While this technology still cannot write in-depth investigative reports (and it requires an author to set it up and give it the matrix article that the data is placed into), the groundwork has been laid, setting the stage for automated reporters in the future.
AI technology (that dates back to 1914) has been helping commercial airlines use an AI autopilot. Did you know that a Boeing plane only utilizes seven minutes of human-steered operation, during take off and landing?
In the not-so-distant future, AI will be leading the travel industry. Many predict self-driving cars will result in up to 90% fewer accidents, better ride sharing that will reduce the number of cars on the road by up to 75%, and smart traffic lights that reduce wait times by 40% and overall travel time by 26%.
AI is on a rapid move to integrate into almost every industry in the world. Stay tuned for more in our Thinking Outside the Bots series as we dissect the exciting path to a much simpler life for humans.
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