Artificial intelligence (AI) is a type of computer programming in which machines have the ability to emulate human intelligence. It allows computers to learn through analysing data, recognising objects and making decisions. The goal of AI is to create machines that can think and learn in the same way that humans do.
For a long time now, we have been discussing the potential and the possibilities of AI and their affect on how we live our lives. However, it is no longer a case of when this will occur. AI already has a plethora of uses across a variety of industries. One such example of AI is the self-driving car.
Here is a brief overview of how AI has already been implemented and is making waves in different sectors of society.
Ability to predict a box office hit
From composing music and creating art to improving the ability to calculate odds on sports betting apps across the US, like Betus, AI is having a great impact on the entertainment industry also.
One example of AI in entertainment is content personalisation. AI software can collect, collate and prioritise information based on your previous preferences. This technology is currently being used across streaming services and social media to curate the kind of videos, movies, music that are begin suggested to the user.
Meanwhile in the film industry, AI technology now exists that can read a movie script in a matter of minutes. It can analyse a variety of aspects of a script from the characters and plot to the potential emotional reaction of the audience and whether or not the movie will be a box office success. Ultimately doing the job previously held by Hollywood directors and producers, but in a fraction of the time. Imagine a world where box office flops which have since become cult classics never saw the light of day.
Increased accuracy in medicine
The merging of AI and healthcare is a big talking point at the moment especially in the areas of analysing and assessing patient information and making diagnoses and devising treatment plans.
While it is not possible that AI will remove the needs for doctor-patient consultations any time soon. There are many ways in which AI is already being used in medicine and healthcare. One current use is that of image analysis. AI is use to examine scans and x-rays for abnormalities or other issues that may not be immediately obvious to a professional. Thus, increasing the accuracy of results and the earlier detection of diseases.
Another example of AI in healthcare, is the development of support tools to give doctors the increased ability to make decisions of the correct course of treatment or medication by giving access to all of the patients relevant information across a network of healthcare facilities. The more information a doctor has on a patient the more informed a decision he or she can make.
Altogether, this will lead to more accurate diagnoses and treatment plans and improved healthcare services.
Improved farming methods
The farming and agriculture sector is one of the most labour-intensive industries, requiring the presence of humans to complete even the simplest of tasks. We are heavily reliant on farming to meet the food production needs of an ever-increasing worldwide population. Therefore, AI can be put to great use in the farming sector to meet these future needs.
AI is current being utilise in a variety of ways such as field monitoring through the use of drones, soil sensors and GPS equipped tractors. Field monitoring is the process of using computer drones to observe the health and progress of crops, to identify harmful pests, ensure quality control, and monitoring of livestock and crops.
Another use is predictive analytics to reduce the need to water and spread pesticides uniformly to crops. The results of such technology is known as precision farming and it has many benefits from reducing waste and costs to making farmers more sustainable and increase profitability.