What’s next for artificial intelligence?
For decades the concept of artificial intelligence (AI) has required creative interpretations of scientific theory to capture people’s attention. Whether it was the overwhelmingly capable character Data from “Star Trek,” the humorously unnerved C-3PO from “Star Wars,” or any other sci-fi AI manifestation, the fact still stands that intriguing forms of artificial intelligence have primarily been relegated to the entertainment world until only recently.
However, the lack of capable forms of AI in everyday life has changed. With each passing year, increasingly complex artificial intelligence models are seeing the light of day. While they may not look like sophisticated androids at this point, many of these are the germs from which more advanced models will ultimately evolve.
With that in mind, here are several of the most fascinating robotics, examples of machine intelligence, and other forms of AI that are finding their way into our lives.
- Improving Transportation
The transportation sector can be dangerous, with car accidents alone being responsible for a shocking 1.25 million deaths per year. Naturally, any advancements in AI that could help curb the deadly incidents taking place by the thousands each day will quickly be hailed as a success. So it should come as no surprise that there are multiple ways that companies are investing to bring the structured order of artificial intelligence to the chaotic world of transportation.
One obvious way this is taking place is through the competition between companies like Uber, Lyft, and Google’s Waymo to create the first commercially viable autonomous vehicle. However, while the concept of the self-driving car inches closer to reality each day, there are other, less obvious ways that AI is impacting the transportation sector as well.
One of these is through railroad safety. Train crashes, while rare, often take place because of a failure to respond to the warning signs. A crash in California shortly after the turn of the century, for instance, took place because the train accelerated in spite of at least one signal that warned against it. In response to these kinds of events, AI is being developed to monitor trains from remote locations and help predict failures before they occur.
Another way AI may soon be impacting transportation is through autonomous cargo ships. Japanese shipping companies are working on an AI solution that could take into account factors like the weather in order to plot the most efficient routes for cargo ships to keep accidents to a minimum.
- The Photoshop Solution
Another way that AI could be impacting our everyday lives soon is by automatically editing your photo at the moment it is taken. The technology would be able to enhance select portions of a picture (no more picture-wide effects or corrections necessary) in less than 20 milliseconds. The blistering speed means users may be able to view the corrected image before they even snap the picture.
When this technology emerges in its fully developed form, it could revolutionize the photography industry and relegate applications like Photoshop to an industry professional-specific tool overnight.
- Revolutionizing Healthcare
Healthcare is a sector ripe for artificial intelligence to make its mark — something that medical companies and professionals are well aware of. In fact, the healthcare world invested $1.7 billion in AI in 2018 alone. The incredible infusion of investment has propelled multiple healthcare related AI applications forward, including, among other things:
- Diagnosing symptoms via intelligent emergency triage.
- Google’s DeepMind machine to diagnose diseases of the eye.
- Robotic surgery.
There are numerous other examples, all of which promise to both overhaul and improve the way the healthcare industry is run before long.
As is the case with healthcare, AI’s inherent ability to gather and process extremely large amounts of data makes it the perfect candidate to revolutionize an industry like finance.
The ever-growing capabilities of artificial intelligence allow it to analyze large amounts of financial data in order to make predictive decisions in areas like the stock market. Not only can it provide the best options at this point, but it can tailor those options to meet the investment patterns of specific financial firms.
- Bringing It All Together
While things like autonomous vehicles are clever advancements in AI on their own, one way that artificial intelligence is likely to have a magnified impact is by bringing together various AI-driven elements into a unified network, a concept commonly referred to as a “smart city.”
Once all of the various AI elements are in place, a city or region-wide network could bring them all together, helping each one function at peak efficiency and safety. AI-influenced things like transportation, water and power supplies, and public safety could all be gathered under one AI-powered net that organizes each one to maximum effect.
The Future of AI
From self-driving cars to healthcare diagnosis, stock market analysis, and even things as insignificant as editing selfies, there’s no doubt that artificial intelligence will play an increasingly larger role in day-to-day life as the future unfolds.
It may be a gradual shift as the capabilities of AI rise to the challenges that humans present, but rapid or gradual, the change is coming. As that change takes place, it will likely help to usher in an entirely new era of technology and human advancement in the process.