Use of Artificial Intelligence Technology in Different Industries

A piece of technology that I am interested in is Artificial Intelligence (AI), I find it really interesting as companies all around the world are always working to advance Artificial Intelligence by making things like fully functioning robots that can walk, talk and complete tasks or robots that can help in the workplace where it is dangerous for humans to work. One of the most successful pieces of artificial intelligence is Siri, Siri Is an apple exclusive thing as Siri is only available on Apple products. With Siri, you can use your voice to type messages or use it to search things on the internet which can give another layer of accessibility to using an iPhone. Another thing is Google Maps. Google uses AI in a number of areas, but the technology’s specific application in Google Maps makes our commutes a little easier. With AI-enabled mapping, the search giant’s technology scans road information and uses algorithms to determine the optimal route to take, be it on foot or in a car, bike, bus or train. In the near future, Google plans to further advance artificial intelligence in the Maps app by implementing its voice assistant and creating augmented reality maps in real time. The biggest lead in AI robotics is Atlas who was created by ‘Boston Dynamics’. Atlas can control motion in his arms, legs and torso to achieve full mobility, this already has human abilities and can-do things that humans cannot as it being a robot, it can have a lot more strength than any human. If Atlas is pushed or jolted, it can maintain incredible balance but in the rare case that it does fall over then it has the ability to get itself up.

AI in the Workplace

In the future AI controlled robots could take over the workplace, as they get more and more developed then they can start replacing what humans do. Already AI is taking jobs in factories by using machines which need user input and then can do the job which could be too dangerous for humans to do. Construction is another business that has recently had a spike in AI as a robot has been developed which can pick up bricks and then place the bricks in the required place by using a computer application to help the robot to plan out where it is going to place the bricks. Although it is taking jobs from humans, it is also opening up jobs as the companies need people to maintain the robots and make sure they’re doing what they’re intended to do. AI in the workplace would also prevent a lot of injuries as the robots can do the jobs which could put human workers in danger.

AI in the Military

AI is something the United States military is trying to push for. Artificial intelligence in the military could be a game-changer for future wars. Artificial intelligence now has the ability to identify humans from their different features. The military could use this to their advantage and send robots into war to defeat the enemy, but could these robots tell the difference between civilians and enemies? These robots could not only defeat the enemy but destroy anything in sight. I think at the minute AI should not be used in the military as it could have devastating effects on the world and if the wrong people got hold of them then countries would be damaged significantly. If the robots could be used for peacekeeping instead of humans in countries which are at war by using AI to scan for weapons to control peace in the country.

AI in Healthcare

AI in healthcare is something that has been developed highly recently. AI in healthcare can now use Robotic surgery which is assisted by AI, recently it has received an estimated value of $40 billion. AI-assisted robots can analyse data from pre-op medical records to assist the surgeons’ instrument during surgery which can drastically reduce the patient’s hospital stay by 21%. When using the AI-assisted surgery, it is minimally invasive which means the patient won’t have to heal from large incisions. Robots can use data from past operations to inform the surgeon. The success rate is very high as 379 orthopaedic patients found that AI-assisted robotic surgery resulted in five times fewer complication than if there was no AI-assistance. Another invention for healthcare is ‘Virtual Nursing Assistants’. Virtually nursing assistants could save the healthcare industry over $20 billion annually. Virtual nurses are available 24/7 which could allow anyone to be seen to at any time even from their home which could be good if the person who needs help is someone who is bedridden or cannot leave their home e.g. an elderly person. The virtual nursing assistants can answer questions, monitor patients and provide quick answers which can determine if the patient is okay or needs medical attention. This can save the healthcare industry a lot of time as this can stop people from going to the hospitals for unnecessary reasons which could help doctors/nurses see to people who are in urgent need of help.

AI in the Home

AI can be found all around your home, if you own an Amazon Alexa then this is a prime example of AI. Alexa can detect speech from anywhere in the room making speaking to it a lot easier than any other home hubs. By speaking to Alexa, you can ask it to search the web for something you want, tell it your shopping list and it will order it for you, schedule appointments and it will remind you at the given time, set alarms and millions of other things. Another piece of AI in your home but can also be used anywhere you go is Siri. Siri is exclusive to apple products. Siri allows you to speak to your device so it can perform tasks without you touching your device, this can be helpful if you are not within reaching distance of your device but still need to know a piece of information. Siri can set reminders, alarms, call people and search the web for information you need.

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