We live in the golden age of AI - at a critical stage where we are seeing massive advancements in the world of machine learning. Many think that we are still quite far away from a world where machines are able to learn and evolve by themselves, but we only need to look at our everyday lives to see how far we’ve come to see just how exciting things are already.
You wake up in the morning with a song playing through your sound system. This song been recommended for you by Spotify, which has learnt what you like from your previous choices. Your intelligent personal assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, has set off the alarm for you. As you get up you feel the temperature is perfect, as Alexa has been interacting with Nest (a thermostat system), and has the temperature just right for this time of day.
On your drive, Google maps tells you that your current route is congested, and recommends a shorter route for you along with how much time you’ll be saving. You take stop at a supermarket to buy a snack, where cognitive algorithms have learned which product to place where. You use a credit card to make a purchase, a card which a learning machine decided if you can have it or not, and what the limit should be. If you have been good, you will perhaps be granted an extended limit on the card - determined instantly by a machine.
At work you check your Facebook feed and see a great friend of yours has posted something in a foreign language, which you translate instantly and are able to make a funny comment. You want to post a picture that you took over the weekend and the AI’s facial recognition is able to recognize your friend, and you tag her instantly. You go through your Twitter feed, in which a learning algorithm has decided what updates you’ll be most interested in. You reach for your drawer to take your daily medicine - medicine which has been designed and tested by cognitive systems. When you check your email, all the spam mail has been filtered into a seperate folder, by an algorithm that has learnt to recognize spam.
You get home and decide to watch Netflix with your partner, and recommendations are placed in front of you, based on your previous choices. Before you start watching a film, you pick up your iPhone and say, “Hey Siri, what am I doing tomorrow?” Siri replies and tells you your calendar’s events for tomorrow.
Just from this we can see in just how far we’ve come in terms of AI. All these advancements have come about mostly in the last couple of years, and we are going to see massive jumps in the near future. And it’s all happening right now, very exciting times.