Ever heard of Artificial Intelligence or AI? Basically, it refers to computer systems able to perform tasks that would normally require human intelligence. Things like visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages are all examples of AI. The smartphone in your hand is component of different kinds of artificial intelligence.
Here are a some of the most promising ways in which the human race is fast facilitating the imminent future of Artificial Intelligence;
1. Smart Phones
Features like Siri and Google immediately come to mind. Working hand in hand, it could feel like having a personal assistant in your hands. Getting a birthday/anniversary reminder of your loved ones, meeting reminders, navigating a new route with your map. All these are subtle applications of AI.
Artificial intelligence helps our online experience a lot too. Like booking a hotel or placing an order for goods and services, in real time. As we get friendlier with our smartphones, they get smarter and what used to be subtle applications will soon evolve to this device carrying out personal human task in an easier and more compact manner.
2. Self Driving Cars
We’ve recently seen a lot of attempts by different companies like Chevrolet and Tesla working to perfect the autonomous vehicle. Each car is fitted with various sensors like long-range radar, LIDAR, cameras, short/medium-range radar, and ultrasound to read the environment and gather feed back just like we humans do when driving.
However, the most challenging task for the autonomies vehicle companies is decision making. None of that information gathered is useful if it cannot be processed and used to make decisions based on such information.
Artificial intelligence is the key factor in playing the role of processing and taking actions, much like the human brain. The holy grail of self-driving cars is to be able to learn in-depth and teach other self-driving cars, hence forming an intelligent network.
Augmented Reality (AR) is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. Virtual Reality (VR) on the other hand is the use of computer technology to create a simulated environment. If you have used those fancy snapchat filters then you already have a first-hand experience of a very primitive form of AR. VR early experiences can be seen amongst gamers, with devices like the Oculus, Nintendo, and early Sensorama.
AR and VR with the combination of AI, can and will influence the next generations experience of social networking, education, medical operations, entertainment, marketing just to mention a few. With companies like Facebook and Oculus working together to make social networking more virtual, Microsoft’s HoloLens, Google’s Tango, and Intel’s Project Alloy are all gearing towards making VR and AR devices omnipresent in our daily lives.
4. The Internet
The internet has no doubt changed how humans accumulate and process and reproduce information. The internet basically comprises of a network of digital information which can be reproduced (copied) in downloads, can also be changed (mutated) and can combined at great pace to form a network source. This is very synonymous to how living things evolve, except with analog (real) information.
The internet is home of the digital world. It brought about the digital revolution which has changed the way we access, store and reproduce information. With recent developments in Google search engine, we are now able to target specific audiences, utilize search keywords to segregate interested or potential customers, giving birth to digital marketing. A new approach called “deep learning” is fast influencing user experience (UX) and even user interface (UI) of certain popular internet services like linking Twitter to Facebook to Gmail, with the adaptation of application (apps) into the newly launched Microsoft Windows 10 series Operating System (OS), you can receive notifications from Twitter in the comfort of your living room Television set. Thanks to CEO and founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, automated home services are now more interactive than ever. Now linked to the Internet, Zuckerberg’s Personal smart home assistance, Jarvis with voice and facial recognition sensors, that can perform tasks that will blow your mind.
Much said, who knows what will be left of humans in the near future? So let’s make it a duty to have fun as we evolve our way into the future of A.I