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Artificial Intelligence in Daily Life

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Artificial Intelligence in Daily Life

  • Course: AI for HR
  • Module: Artificial Intelligence Concepts
  • Lesson Type: Video
  • Lesson Duration: 2:40

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As I mentioned in the introduction, Artificial Intelligence is all around us, all the time. The rapid evolution of computers and the internet have given rise to systems which aim to improve our lives and workflows by making the world around us more personalized and our efforts more efficient.

The industrial revolution was about mass production and demonstrating the scale to which human beings were capable of manufacturing goods on a global scale.

Now, the Artificial Intelligence revolution will be about reinventing the world through the lens of every individual person or employee. Big data means that not only can everything be done at a global level, but it can also be done uniquely for each individual as well.

Take for example tech giants such as Google, Facebook, and Netflix. They aren’t popular because they give each person the exact same experience that everyone else has. When you load your Netflix account it is able to recommend remarkably accurate suggestions for shows you will enjoy based on your previous viewing history.

After a few months of use, the odds are that there aren’t many people in the entire world with the exact mix of recommendations that you will receive. It is personalized to be as perfect as it can be for you, and it is improving all the time. Facebook and Google’s advertising platforms follow the same principle of learning as much as they can about your interests and behaviors and then offering highly focused messaging aimed only at you. Artificial Intelligence is affecting your day even when you don’t think of yourself as being “online” as well.

By this point, most of us have noticed the difference between some traffic lights that seem to take forever to change, even when no traffic is coming in the other direction, whereas some lights seem to notice almost instantly that they can switch once you approach.

Motion detection, smart cameras, and other forms of intelligence are being integrated into our infrastructure to improve travel times and safety conditions. Once these things work optimally, you probably don’t even notice they are there. One form of Artificial Intelligence that has been impossible to miss lately is the rise of popular virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, the Google Assistant, Microsoft’s Cortana, or many others.

Currently, these systems are mostly Search Engines come to life through speaker devices installed in homes or via smartphone apps. But it seems like just the beginning of a much larger trend that will continue for years to come as we get used to the idea of having virtual companions with us virtually all the time in this increasingly connected world.

The big picture is that AI is personalization and automation of the world around us through big data. The more information that is gathered, the smarter the systems can be. Personalization tools, automation techniques, and even virtual assistants are going to being making their way to the workplace very soon.

Michael Wilson


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