Robots are taking over the world. This phrase isn’t new or surprising anymore. With technological advancements and companies looking to lower their operational costs, mundane human jobs have been replaced by technology and artificial intelligence (AI). And surprise, surprise— these AIs are increasingly built to be human-like.
This article explains how human-like artificial intelligence is increasingly used in our daily lives– encompassing homes, our workplaces and even the vehicles we drive.
The Usage of AI Is Increasingly Prevalent In Modern Society
Take a look around your house–everything probably went through some form of technological process. As the demand and need for speed have increased in our fast-paced society, people have found ways to introduce AI into the front-lines of business. Indeed, AI speeds up the process by reducing interaction time by taking away conversations. And the highlight for businesses? Reduced salary costs.
When AI was first introduced, people were worried that the systems would take over all their jobs. But they slowly adapted and accepted
The Rise of Digital Home Assistants
In 2019, AI is most prevalent not just in stores, but in the comfort of your own homes. Retail shops use robots to sell goods so that retail staff will not have to constantly repeat themselves and customers will not have to actually interact with the robots. They are also used to assist buyers in the form of smart mirrors, screen displays, as well as ordering screens.
Some restaurants have even started using robot waiters and waitresses in place of humans or conveyor belts. Retail spaces aren’t falling far behind with the increase of digital shopping spaces.
Digital home assistants like Google Assistant and Alexa are dominating at-home gadgets. Similar to Apple’s Siri found in their products, these digital home assistants are voice-activated devices that can talk to you, answer your questions, and help you with your tasks. From checking the weather and setting an alarm to playing music and asking questions, these devices are allowing people to get information at the snap of their fingers.
People have been arguing that the rise of AI is making people lazy as they expect everything to be at its utmost convenience.
Adjusting The Algorithm
Social media sites use AI to help users best navigate the platform. Using trackable data like browser history and cookies, your devices study your actions and predict what you will do next.
This is how social media feeds are customised based on individuals, and how the same advertisements always pop up on your internet windows. Search engines like Google also use this to help you make faster and better searches to suit your needs.
Forming AI Friendships
It’s not all just fun and games, though. Ms Eugenia Kuyda created an AI to talk to when her friend Roman passed away.
She proved that AI can be used for something more meaningful, and she also showed the world that AI can, in fact, reflect and learn from a real person’s personality.
Random chat generators have existed for many years, even since the MSN days where the operational bot would speak to you. Messaging applications also have test bots that actually respond to your statements and questions. Eugenia’s AI startup, “Luka”, managed to train another bot to understand queries about vegetarian dishes, barbecue, and valet parking using 35 million lines of text.
But Eugenia wanted more. Her best friend, Roman, was an odd teen. He was unusually serious but always smiling, an adventure seeker who participated in political demonstrations against the ruling party, and a traveller by age 16. Clearly, he wasn’t the generic mould that the normal AI chatbot would pretend to be.
Her AI model “Luka” is a messaging bot. But not all bots are like the others. This is a personal AI that helps you express yourself and witness a helpful conversation. She has since developed “Replika”, a blend between a personal assistant and a diary that picks up your texting style – and eventually mimics them. She brought Luka from Moscow to San Francisco in 2015.
Improving Cyber Safety
A computer graphic generated girl named “Sweetie” was used to track online sex predators. She posed as a 10-year old Filipina girl in online chat groups. 20,000 men from over 65 countries contacted her and 1,000 offered her money to remove her clothes. These numbers were found in just two and a half months.
The names of these men were then passed to the police, and the creators of Sweetie emphasise that it is extremely important to use AI in cases like this where humans are unable to personally monitor all conversations that take place online.
Face recognition abilities
Those with smartphones have probably tried the face recognition unlocking system before. The technology is not just used for phone security and camera filters on applications like Instagram and SnapChat, but also for public security and research. In-stores, camera systems are also used to identify old customers and their shopping habits.
CCTVs can capture faces, and the security system can identify people based on the images. Some vendors say that this means their cameras will be able to identify shoplifters, VIPs, and criminals the moment they enter a store. While some people believe that
At fast food joint CaliBurger, large scale touchpad kiosks were introduced for customers to order and pay at.
This was the first time face recognition was used for payment using screens in fast food restaurants. You walk up to the screen, smile, and place your order. CaliBurger hopes that this will eliminate the hassle of cards and security codes. Alibaba is also testing this at KFC branches in China.
No, we’re not in the future. Tesla has launched smart cars that are heavily linked to AI. If you are sceptical on Tesla’s self-driving abilities after the news of the first fatal accident using a car on auto-pilot, you’ll be happy to note that many of the steering issues have since been resolved. The car’s autopilot mode is able to operate because of a 360-degree camera, long-range radar, and ultrasonic sensors.
Even for cars that are not Autopilot enabled, all Teslas are linked to a cloud that sends data directly to the system whenever there is a problem. This means that if you have an engine operation issue, the overheated components will be quickly and automatically repaired by the software patch. The data collected by the cloud also shows comprehensive maps, including road hazards and speed limits.
Taking A Gamble
AI is often used in games as the opposing character or the host. Google’s AlphaGo AI defeated the European Go champion and a professional South Korean Go player before posting a 60-win streak against some top Go players.
While humans can improve and try to play smarter against such AI devices, the AI picks up your skills and moves, making itself improve dramatically every single day. Plus, it is able to remember every single piece of information in its database, unlike humans who will inevitably forget details and take time to process moves.
This helps researchers and gamers find out more about the game and the players, but it also draws professional players and wannabe pro-gamers to come back and keep trying to tackle the AI, which often leads to losing more money.
The gambling industry also purposely profiles their customers and behaviours to get users to stay longer and bet more money. You think you are making decisions with every computer click, but every lead and pop up is created by the company in hopes of getting more profit from you. AI is also used for sports betting because they are able to focus on all sorts of metrics to make accurate predictions.
Losing Its Lead
Although America has been one of the most advanced countries in terms of AI use for the past few years, it seems like it is reaching its decline. When Donald Trump was elected as president of the United States, he did not give many resources to the development of AI.
However, in 2018, the Trump administration showed more interest in AI development. They gave some companies access to unspecified data from the government in hopes of advancing technology, but this also begs the question of citizen security. Very recently, President Donald Trump has also signed an order prioritising Artificial Intelligence Research:
Companies in China are going all out to research and develop their own technology. Their long and vigorous working hours are pushing them to innovate and improve things at an alarming rate. It has been estimated, according to Chinese Air Force General VeraLinn Jamieson, that China spent approximately 12 billion dollars on AI systems in 2017. By 2030, China hopes to be the world leader in AI.
With China pushing forth fast and America reallocating resources to AI development, who knows what the future holds.