Anthropocentrism is not a new trend. For thousands of years, we were convinced humankind was the only reason why the Earth moves around the Sun and why all of the other species even exist. Some of us still believe it is true, the rest of the population are becoming more and more aware of a new form of intelligence that threatens our future – a form we have designed and built ourselves – Artificial Intelligence.
When discussing AI, people tend to focus on robots taking over jobs and machines driving cars, however the reason AI is growing so fast in all different forms is to make daily life easier and increase convenience. That is exactly why you should stop getting anxious every time you hear the term Artificial Intelligence (and you will hear it very often) and invite it home. But how can it help?
Let’s start with the easiest part. While Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality have been busy revolutionising the games industry, AI has not been idle, creating an opportunity for traditionalists that seek to learn modern solutions. Google has recently launched a series of AI experiments and one of them is particularly addictive – Quick, Draw! The machine tries to guess what you are drawing, learning from its mistakes. So if you are home alone or you just don’t have anyone to play charades with, AI is your new friend.
Most modern movies are made on the green screen, music is all about beats now and art itself is becoming a thing we no longer understand nor control. AI has played a significant role in all of these areas. Sony’s Artificial Intelligence has recently composed a Beatles-style song called Daddy’s Car, having analysed more than 13,000 records first. AI may not be Paul McCartney’s twin, but if you miss the good old times and seek a simple melody, it is there to entertain you. On the other hand, IBM Watson made a movie trailer after it had watched and examined more than 100 classic horror movies. The film is based on the dreadful skills artificial intelligence can possess.
We already have Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Echo on board, but an assistant ordering your pizza for you does sound like a step in the right direction. Mark Zuckerberg wants to go further and that is probably why he and his team have built a virtual assistant that recognises and responds to his voice only, creating a new level of a smart home.
People are finally closer than ever to reaching and destroying the mythical Tower of Babel and we all owe it to Artificial Intelligence. It all started more than 10 years ago with Google’s Translate that has recently undergone a dramatic change and is now supported by a machine speaking 8 languages and still learning. The translation now has almost nothing to do with the old version, instead it is focussed on what a native would actually say or write. That is not all, Google’s AI experiments, as mentioned earlier, have something to offer as well – a Thing Translator that recognises an object you take a photo of, helps you learn what it is called in a different language and how to pronounce it properly.
All the things we have discussed above seem comfortable, but another advancement is a revolution which is already saving lives. This year IBM Watson diagnosed a woman with a rare form of leukaemia the doctors couldn’t see. The supercomputer has studied more than 200 million pages of data and more than 500 past patient records. While Watson is taking care of serious cases, wearables will soon be able to help you in your everyday life. A device measuring your heartbeat and diagnosing 15 other conditions may warn you about a disease even before the symptoms occur.
Whether you’re a fan of technology or not, AI is going to play a part in influencing business decisions and daily life. Wonder what it will do next?