This concept of machine learning can be seen in a number of solutions, particularly those involving heuristics which make scanning and detection possible. In fact, some experts have described anti-virus (AV) software as one of the first AI products to achieve commercial success.
Regardless of the product, today’s generation of artificial intelligence is considered narrow given the bulk of development around a single function. This is what you see in the examples described above, as well as in e-commerce platforms and other consumer-based services.
The Purpose of Artificial Intelligence
The goal of any product or service which uses artificial intelligence is to:
Each of these capabilities are based on a set of parameters. Take video games, for example. The concept of single player interactivity, or, playing against the computer, is a form of artificial intelligence that reacts and scales to user behavior.
Games like FIFA by EA Sports allow users to set a level of difficulty, and to play against software that simulates following you around the field, and tackling you when you have the ball. Additional interplay is invoked when the referee reacts to certain events.
While gaming is considered another “first” in the world of AI, it is limited to (or narrowed by) a specific set of instructions. Artificial intelligence has evolved beyond the scope of secondary reality with a number of real-world applications that increase productivity in everyday life.
Broader Uses for Artificial Intelligence
The use for artificial intelligence continues to expand—particularly as society and its technologies become faster and smarter. The next generation of AI, therefore, can be described as broad. The following examples underscore why:
Although inconceivable not too long ago, several innovative companies like Google and Uber have invested money and extensive research into unmanned vehicles. Many believe that by the year 2020, automobiles will be able to drive themselves with the assistance of onboard systems. These self-driving cars will be able to react to changing road conditions and traffic, as well as take into account the number of passengers inside them. Several prototypes have been developed but have yet to be approved for production.
Suicide Prevention on Social Media
While social media, itself, is not a form of artificial intelligence, its vast nature and landscape of user-generated data offers a unique opportunity. Software that is able to detect and interpret posts can also prevent suicide by contacting friends, family and relevant authorities.
Smarter Investment Strategies
Based on available data, artificial intelligence can be used to interpret market trends, draw from historical data, and invest in sectors that are most promising. This eliminates emotion and self-describe “gut instinct” that is often proved wrong.
In addition to smart investing, artificial intelligence will also permeate the medical industry. Software with the ability to sift through information will be able to suggest treatment options that might otherwise be overlooked or even noted to begin with.
If you thought video and product suggestions were helpful to your online experience, imagine being presented with things you like before you even realized you liked them! AI continues to use personal data in ways unimaginable, giving experienced marketers a run for their money!
Artificial intelligence can be used to create music based on styles, trends and what’s popular at the moment. Several music producers have already begun making use of big data and AI to create chart-topping hits. This practice is expected to become a mainstream norm.
Long story short, artificial intelligence can be implemented in every field known to humankind. The goal is to field better decision making for increased results in half the time it would take for a human to do so.
AI Safety and Concerns
As with any pervasive technology, the greatest concern is safety. Many spectators, for example, worry that computers will gain autonomy from human beings and do as they wish. AI functions may very well be righteous, but what if these products were to take a course of action that would jeopardize humanity? Malicious software, after all, could be used a basis for this argument.
Although possible, such a realization is decades away from the current state of technology. The scope of artificial intelligence is narrow, but its ongoing research is a force to be reckoned with. It’s progressive nature is in lockstep with a number of risks, and AI developers should work equally as hard to resolve these issues.