AI Technology insights
AI has long been touted as the next revolution in computing power. After decades of slow development, artificial intelligence (AI) now seems poised to take off. The tech sector is investing billions into AI research. And some experts predict that in the near future, computer systems will surpass human brainpower.
What’s the difference between AI and machine learning?
The big difference between Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning is that AI aims to create intelligent machines, while ML focuses on building programs that can learn using data. However, both approaches have a common goal: to build computers with the ability to think like humans.
What are the current applications for AI and what problems does it address?
Today’s most popular uses of AI include chatbots (like Amazon’s Alexa), speech recognition software (Apple Siri/Google Now), visual perception (self-driving cars), natural language processing (Facebook/Twitter bots), recommendations engines (Netflix etc.), image/video analysis (photo tagging/face detection), medical diagnosis, fraud detection, customer service optimization, predictive maintenance (automated factory monitoring) just to name a few.
How do we know if AI is going to be successful?
As with any new technology, there is no way to tell whether it will be beneficial or not until we actually use it. So far, all applications of AI seem promising. But only time will tell how useful they’ll be.
Is it relevant today?
Yes! If you’ve ever used an online banking app, asked Google Maps for directions, looked at your Facebook feed for posts from friends, browsed through your phone’s apps for information, watched Netflix or Hulu, listened to music via Spotify or Pandora, or played games on PlayStation or Xbox, then you’re already benefiting from AI. In fact, the growth of AI spans across every aspect of everyday life.
Where is AI headed in 2022?
By 2022, AI will reach its peak potential. We believe that this will happen when AI passes the Turing test, which means that computers can converse with people in such a way that no one would realize they were talking to a machine instead of another person. At that point, humans won’t even need to understand what AI is capable of. They’ll simply accept it as part of daily life.
Why should I care about AI?
We live in a world of rapidly advancing technology. As these advances happen at an increasing rate, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep up. To stay competitive, companies need to constantly find ways to improve efficiency and productivity. AI holds enormous promise in this area. It could mean better products, more efficient processes, and ultimately, a higher standard of living for everyone.
How can my company benefit from it?
To get started, here are 3 simple steps you can follow right away:
Build a team.
By having dedicated, knowledgeable staff members who can develop AI solutions, you increase the likelihood of success for the project. This makes sense since a single mind is usually much less effective than multiple minds working together.
Determine what problem needs solving.
Once you’ve assembled a team, it’s important to figure out exactly what problem you want to solve. You can start by defining the problem verbally, but once you understand the problem, you might decide to write down all the possible questions that someone might ask. Then you can create scenarios where your hypothetical customer asks those questions and determine which ones make sense. The goal of this exercise is to identify problems that arise frequently enough that AI can help address them.
Identify appropriate tools.
There are many different types of AI available. Some specialize in image classification while others focus on facial recognition or text understanding. Whatever type of AI is best suited for your business depends on the problem you are trying to solve. For example, you may choose to use computer vision software to detect whether a product has been damaged before sending it to customers. Or perhaps speech recognition software can recognize specific commands spoken by customers.
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