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Artificial Intelligence Has Been Saving Lives Since 1950



Let’s give you a brief of what Artificial Intelligence(AI) is

Artificial Intelligence (or AI) got its start in 1950, when computer pioneer Alan Turing introduced the Turing test in his paper “Computing Machinery and Intelligence.” The test involves a judge who must communicate with two participants in two different rooms. In one room is a machine, and in the other is a real person. The judge is then supposed to ask each participant questions and figure out which one is the machine. If the judge picks the person less than 50 percent of the time, the machine would be considered “intelligent.” Since Turing’s initial theory, there’s been a steady march to create thinking machines. In the past couple decades, there’s been enormous progress in this field, but we have to ask: is that necessarily a good thing?

With modern artificial intelligences (AI) like Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google’s Assistant finding their way into people’s homes, there is a question that comes to mind: where will AI technology take us next?

If you ask science fiction fans they’ll be sure to warn you of the doom and gloom destined to accompany the creation of synthetic intelligence. Historically, artificial intelligence has been portrayed as a clichéd, evil entity, fated to fallout with its creator. And, if you ask Tesla founder Elon Musk, it would be unwise to completely ignore these warnings.

However, in the reality of our globalised, capitalised world, businesses are finding different uses for this once-futuristic technology. Although certainly not as dramatic as their fantasy counterparts, modern AI is bringing real functionality to the marketplace and real improvement to the customer experience.

AI helping us tackle daily tasks.

Devices such as Amazon Echo and Google Home have the capacity to revolutionise the way we run our homes, offices and classrooms. They can awaken with a simple vocal prompt, and once active are capable of anything from providing simple weather and traffic updates to performing close-to-instantaneous translations and calculations.

You can even ask these devices to turn off your lights or open up the blinds. These features are just the beginning. With more and more services providing integration with AI devices, you’ll soon be able to use a virtual assistant for complex home automation ­– such as managing smoke and carbon dioxide detectors, household security coverage, and even medical diagnosis. Meanwhile, chatbots are proliferating in a variety of frontline customer service contexts, helping people with initial enquiries.

Whilst current AI features are exciting from a home automation perspective, there remains a gap in the market: a virtual digital assistant that you can carry in your pocket and call on at any time for information, guidance and assistance. An assistant who doesn’t just answer simple questions or tell you what the temperature will be tomorrow, but can organise your life on a personal level. An assistant who knows you so well it will proactively take actions and manage tasks on your behalf.

From my own point of view, AI has a steadfast of solving every difficulties human could still be battling with, you know, it has got a fast and responsive prompt to virtually very thing.


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