Artificial intelligence (AI) is all around us.
It is playing a vital role from Facebook News Feed to Google Search.
Despite the technology’s relative novelty, the general public as well as businesses have already witnessed numerous applications of AI and are, by now, convinced about AI’s ability to replicate human thought and assist in performing cognitive and creative tasks.
Artificial intelligence has quickly grown from being a distant hope to a casual part of the present reality. Computer programs capable of performing human-like cognitive and computational tasks without human intervention are rapidly growing in capability as well as ubiquity. Every new AI application that emerges expands the limits of what the technology can achieve, leaving us in awe and excitement for what the future holds. Following are a few mind-blowing applications of AI that will definitely make you reconsider the limits of what’s possible:
Machine learning-enabled AI applications are being developed and used by law enforcement bodies in various countries to predict and prevent crimes. Japan is considering the use of AI and big data for predicting crime, which will enable the law enforcement authorities there to prevent criminal activities by proactively dispatching patrols to high-risk areas. Application of AI in predicting crime incidences is not a new concept and is already in different stages of development in countries like the US, UK, and China.
The most commonplace, and hence the most underrated application of AI are the Personal AI assistants. Personal AI assistants like Siri and Cortana can not only enable you to operate your phones using your voice but can interact with you like a human and can even engage in banter in some cases. The assistant programs use machine learning to continuously gain information on users through interaction and provide them with highly customized results and responses.
Yes, you read that right - AI can be programmed to read people’s minds. Scientists have researched and developed AI programs that can scan your brain’s blood flow to trace mental activities and decipher the thoughts associated with the detected brain activity. The AI system can detect the picture produced in the subject’s mind while looking at a real image. While the system isn’t perfect yet, training it with more data and images will enable the AI mind-reader to decipher mental images with greater depth and accuracy.
In addition to performing cognitive tasks, AI can also be trained to perform creative tasks. A new application of AI, that has opened up new avenues for the future, is in the field of fashion. Amazon has developed an AI fashion designer that can be trained to design clothes in any desired style. This AI fashion designer can be trained using images that represent a single style. Using these images as reference, the AI generates new designs that are consistent in style.
Artificial intelligence can not only read people’s minds but also their hearts! New AI applications powered by machine learning algorithms and trained using historical data can predict heart attacks better than doctors. One of Google’s AI algorithms can predict the risk of heart attacks by simply scanning a patient’s eyes, with a considerably high success rate. More sophisticated versions of these algorithms can save hundreds, if not thousands, of lives by predicting heart attacks way before they occur.
The most mind-blowing, albeit a little unsettling, application of AI is building other AI programs. Google researchers experimented with this concept when they instructed an AI application to create another AI application that would recognize objects in a video. The resulting “child” AI that was created outperformed the man-made AI in the given task. This shows AI’s capacity to perform complex tasks and to learn and evolve without supervision, much like us humans.
Applications of AI, although not fully developed to their potential, are highly prevalent in today’s world. AI is a part of our everyday life, making its applications difficult to ignore. As more progress is made in this field, AI applications will be able to perform increasingly mind-blowing feats.
Naveen is the Founder and CEO of Allerin, a software solutions provider that delivers innovative and agile solutions that enable to automate, inspire and impress. He is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience, with extensive experience in customizing open source products for cost optimizations of large scale IT deployment. He is currently working on Internet of Things solutions with Big Data Analytics. Naveen completed his programming qualifications in various Indian institutes.