AI is used in our lives every day and I bet you’re not even aware. Before we get into that, lets first look at what we mean when we refer to AI.
So, what is AI? Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science that focuses on building intelligent machines. In simple terms, AI is a system that mimics human intelligence. AI systems have been around since the 1950’s, but they were not widely adopted until the 1990’s. There are many different types of AI, including machine learning, natural language processing, expert systems, neural networks, evolutionary computation, and robotics. I won’t bore you with the ins and outs of all these subsets but go check them out for sure!
So, how has AI impacted YOUR life? There are many ways we are all using AI in our life every single day, so let’s look the most common types:
Wearable Devices – That smart watch on your wrist, yeah that one you’ve just looked at, that is using AI right now! It tracks your movement; tracks heart rhythm and a newer model will even track your blood oxygen levels. All of this is using AI! A specific example is fall detection, where your watch will recognise that you have fallen, and even call the emergency services for you.
Online Shopping – Now, if you’re anything like most people with the internet, you will have done some type of online shopping. Have you ever seen an advert on your socials and thought ‘that’s cool but HOW do they know what I like?’. Well, this is the work of AI; all of your online shopping habits are monitored to give you personalised recommendations. Creepy, but cool!
And finally, this blog post was written with the help of AI (https://www.frase.io/)…
Yes, that’s right, you’re reading the product of AI right now and you didn’t even know! AI wrote the ‘So what is AI?’ section of this blog post; I simply told it what I wanted to explain and in no time at all it had given me the perfect paragraph for my blog post.
AI is in our lives every day and making many aspects of life a lot easier. We’re very excited to see where AI goes in the future, and how it can help us in our work going forward.