These days, almost everyone has heard about Artificial Intelligence (AI). It is proving to be quite a bit of a hot topic. But many people are still not fully aware of it or what it stands for. In their minds, they may equate it to Skynet from the Terminator films and fear that it’s coming to take over the world.
But let’s not come to extreme conclusions. The technology hasn’t reached that stage yet. People need to better understand what AI really means and how it is changing the world. If it fulfills potential, it can impact every facet of our lives.
What is AI?
AI is broadly described as any human-like task performed by a program or a machine.
It is usually divided into two types: narrow Artificial intelligence and general AI. Narrow AI refers to what we see in our computers today; systems that can only learn or be taught how to do specific tasks. Examples include Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, self-driving cars, recommendation engines, etc.
General AI is different. It implies the type of adaptable intellect found in humans. This means learning how to carry out vastly different tasks like cooking, cleaning, playing the guitar, or debating on a topic based on personal experience. This is the type of AI portrayed in Terminator. Scientists are still debating about how much more times do humans need for coming up with general AI.
Now that we understand what AI is, let’s look at some of the ways in which it is changing our world.
There is a new approach for disease treatment and prevention that factors individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle. AI is the driving force behind this emerging approach.
Instead of giving the same course of treatment to see what might work for the majority, precision medicine will allow doctors and researchers to predict more accurately which treatment and prevention strategies for a particular disease will work in which groups of people.
Many of these answers lie in the vast amount of medical data already collected. AI algorithms can be used to enable doctors and hospitals to better analyze their data. This way, diseases can be accurately and efficiently scanned.
Cybercrimes have been responsible for a great amount of loss. As per Juniper research, the amount in 2019 was $2 trillion. With such threats present online, companies are starting to heavily invest in cybersecurity and training employees, particularly regarding online scams and ransomware attacks.
Security teams are finding it hard to deal with the number of alerts generated by traditional tools. AI has self-learning and automation capabilities that can improve efficiency and reduce costs. There are AI-based solutions present in the market that can prevent attacks by identifying patterns and anomalies associated with malicious content.
World population is expected to drastically increase in the coming decades, but our capacity for food production won’t be able to keep pace. AI is bringing efficiency to farming methods as well. The goal is to increase production and reduce wastage, all the while avoiding negative impacts on the environment.
In the future, AI can help farmers detect early signs of lameness and accurately predict what their crops and farms are going to need for the next year.
Efficient time tracking
All humans get the same amount of hours each day i.e 24 hours. Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. – they also had 24 hours each day, just like all of us.
So what’s the difference between these extraordinary individuals and us? What separates them from the average man? Their secret is simple. They efficiently managed their time.
Many business owners are now implementing employee time tracking software into their companies. But what’s better than regular time management apps? An AI-enabled time tracking software. With this, employees can receive advanced intelligence reporting and find out time spent on each task, project, and window.
Travel and transportation
Travel routes are being streamlined. Artificial intelligence is making it easier to get around. Better travel arrangements and efficient routes home from work are now possible due to AI.
Chatbots powered by AI are proving to be excellent travel guides. For example, informing a travel chatbot you want to go to Paris might yield a natural language response suggesting flights, hotels, and places to go in the City of Light based on your preferences obtained from the conversation.