Blog: How you may be using AI everyday
Artificial Intelligence (AI) may make you think of images of TARS in Interstellar (I’m not a big sci-fi film fan so google helped me out…) and Wall-E. However, the impact of artificial intelligence in your everyday life is more mundane and less far fetch than science fiction suggests.
AI is so popular as it has the capability to offer millions of dollars to the global economy by 2030, and for all of those of you, who are scared sh*tless of this future, I’m sorry to let you know that partially this reality is already here. You encounter AI every single day and it’s hard to avoid it, if you use any type of smart device. We can’t go online without AI recommending you a song, film, book based on your history and past experiences (i.e. data your device has collected about your interests). Whether that is on Instagram, Netflix, Amazon or Facebook, all these recommendations are based on algorithms that will examine what you’ve watched, bought or articles you’ve read before and make a decision on what you would like to see, know or buy next.
Even your spam/ inbox preferences are driven by simple AI. For these e-mail filters it learns what could be spam based on content of the email, it works better than simple filters and rules that previous methods used. The spam AI model for you may be different than your friends depending on your email history and preferences.
AI is powering all virtual assistants, do you ask Siri if it’s raining later in the day or book a hair appointment using Google Assistant? Each time you do, you are interacting with AI.
Virtual assistants find information and return answers to your device, they can also control other apps to perform certain tasks. In some cases, virtual assistants can even answer your phone for you and discover the reason for the call so you don’t waste your precious time on all those damn PPI calls.
Self driving cars are already a hot topic in news stories, and just like you, they learn how to behave on the road. In most incidents, drivers actually collide with self-driving cars because the automatic cars abide to the rules of the road better than humans do (so maybe if we were all using driver-less cars then accidents would inevitably reduce).
As well as this, AI is and has been for a long time the key part behind airline autopilot. An average Boeing 777 pilot spends seven minutes manually piloting the plane, the rest of the time AI is taking over… The plane will use motion sensors and GPS to track their position in the flight, software can also land commercial aircraft if required.
In the future your home environment may also completely change due to AI, smart homes and smart devices are becoming ever more popular (despite the hefty price tag). All of these devices are connected to the internet meaning that there is a vast amount of data readily available. This huge abundance in data is all too much for human to analyse, it would take forever to go through all site visits, purchases, saved articles, search history for one person let alone the millions that use smart devices. Instead AI can go through this data and help make our life easier.
My Facebook and social media knows I’m active online for an extended period of time due to my job (it’s always running in the background) and it knows that I work in a tech related field, where I am more likely at my desk on the computer and in turn it will recommend me devices to help my posture at the desk… this may be a super freaky accurate advertisement (big brother moment), but if I get to have an amazing recommendation that will help my lifestyle and work environment, hey I’m open to these targeted adverts!
AI and neural networks can also improve translation software and create real time translations on your device. Now if you’re in a country where you don’t know the language and you can barely ask for a coffee, you can simply speak into your device which will translate your language into any in the world. Reducing the restrictions of not being bilingual and opening the world of travel to those who aren’t comfortable when a place doesn’t speak their language. Of course, to be able to get by with basics of every language is crucial to human interaction but having had a bad motor accident in Thailand myself, having an offline version of this app would have been so so helpful when I was trying to explain symptoms and treatment options with non English speaking Thai hospital staff.
These were a few examples of how it’s been used today in day to day life, this article hasn’t even touched on the applications AI has in areas such as security and defence, medical care and diagnosis, law and accounting for example.
AI gives us more time to be creative, less busy and free. All those times you had to run to the shop to pick up something as you didn’t realise you had finished the last one. In the future you could for example own a smart fridge linked with your mobile and bank account. Where your fridge would act almost as your food/drink P.A. it would be able to reorder your favourite brand of almond milk and granola when supplies are low.
Having a party at your house on Friday but there’s no beer in the fridge? Imagine if you didn’t have to remember these little things and instead they were ordered and delivered to your door by the time the algorithm knew you’d be home from work (based on your average commute time). Or imagine your car directing you to the closest free parking space in 200 yards. The future of AI doesn’t have to be scary and ‘job taking’, in more realistic views AI will give humans more time to be creative and free, taking time away from ‘mundane’, ‘tedious’ tasks.