Do you think you need to wait 10, 20, or 50 years for artificial intelligence to be around you all the time? Nope. It’s already here, from the ATM at your local bank to the digital personal assistant on your smartphone.
We have this idea that AI consists of robots taking away jobs from half the population, serving you breakfast in the morning, and acting as a daycare provider for your child. While this is certainly the future, AI is already here, and it is making our lives much better. From email to mobile devices to automobiles to consumer purchases – AI is everywhere.
Don’t believe it? Here are nine uses of artificial intelligence in everyday life:
1. Digital Personal Assistants
Siri, Alexa, and every other digital personal assistant is an incarnation of artificial intelligence. These developments are incredible in responding to inquiries as fast as you can say cat in a hat, making suggestions based on your history, and interacting with you just by knowing your searches, purchases, requests, and everything else you do with a PDA.
2. Email Filters
Rumors of email’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Although the email was one of the first developments of the Internet back in the 1990s, the form of communication has greatly evolved. And you can thank AI for many of the features you enjoy today.
Here are some of the tools in your email that are powered by AI:
Indeed, every email platform has its own suite of features, but they are all generally driven by AI. These e-mail filters are easily one of the more common uses of artificial intelligence in everyday life.
Amazon has become a trillion-dollar company, sending it to the top of the list of most valuable businesses in the world. So, how did Jeff Bezos and Co. make billions in revenues? Well, Amazon changed the retail game and satisfied consumer demand.
While businesses from the dot-com era have perished, Amazon remains the king of online retail, mainly because it adapts and innovates. One example is its transactional AI that essentially predicts what consumers are interested in based on the purchases they make.
If you wonder why you get ads for certain types of products that you might want in the future, this is the reason. Now, all we are waiting for is Amazon to ship us an item that we didn’t even know we wanted. Who knows? Perhaps Bezos is doing that right now.
4. Smart Replies
Smart replies are one of the emerging uses of artificial intelligence. Gmail primarily has this function, but other email providers are beginning to introduce this feature.
A smart reply is one that has an automatic response to a message. So, instead of you having to type in something like “I will be there shortly” or “I am on my way,” Gmail already has it ready for you. What makes this interesting is that the AI is reading your email and then determining the best and smartest reply. It is gripping technology.
Google unveiled an interesting and incredible piece of technology that even sent chills down the spines of people everywhere. It featured an AI bot booking a hair appointment with a salon receptionist. The chatbot was able to carry on a conversation, from trying to find the right day to outlining the type of hair cut she wanted.
The technology mimics natural language and stimulates conversations. The purpose is to assist with mundane and routine tasks, such as taking orders, booking appointments, and answering corporate questions. Anything to save some time! Perhaps the next person who calls your number may not even be a real human being. You could be talking to sophisticated AI chatbot software and you wouldn’t even know the difference.
Many people may not be aware of this, but AI plays a huge part in Uber’s business model. In fact, Uber’s uses of artificial intelligence have catapulted the company to great success.
It is true that Uber users dynamic pricing to set its prices, but it was also reported that the ride-sharing mobile application uses AI to establish prices based on what they think customers might be willing to pay.
Moreover, Uber is homing in on an AI that can help drivers determine if a rider is drunk by comparing typing and walking speed patterns and generating an analysis of these findings.
7. Plagiarism Checkers
Ah, what teenager doesn’t detest plagiarism checkers.
But while professors and editors might take them for granted, this tool is just another AI-powered function that can help you filter out writers, students, and even politicians who had to steal someone else’s work. What makes these plagiarism checkers even better is that they can be complemented with the human eye. Indeed, because these could serve as assistants that flag potential plagiarism, you can take the time to read through the possible source material.
8. Fraud Prevention
An odd transaction on your credit card, a purchase that doesn’t suit times you typically buy stuff, and an acquisition taking place 2,000 kilometres away – financial institutions are doing a sublime job in detecting fraud prevention. But don’t think for a solitary second that it is some omnipotent being who is personally and manually monitoring tens of thousands of customers’ account activities.
Instead, it is the power of AI that is performing this incredible feat.
9. Predictive Search Results
Google or Bing – predictive searches are all the rage across the search engine world. This is when you type in a term and then the search engine will make recommendations for you to select. For instance, you might type in “Tom Cruise never…” and then several results come up, such as “Tom Cruise never ages,” “Tom Cruise never wins awards,” or “Tom Cruise never stops smiling.”
Predictive searches are compiled using data that the company collects about you, such as age, location, and other intimate details. Ultimately, the AI’s job is to determine ahead of time what you are trying to locate.
A lot of people mistakenly believe that artificial intelligence is a bunch of robot servants in your home cooking meals, taking care of babies, and cleaning your toilet. But AI can be as small as the watch on your wrist or the smartphone in your pocket or code in the software. AI is already all around us – you don’t need to wait for Skynet to take over the world to see it.