Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly present in everyday life and daily obligations. Let’s get to know together what it gives us and how we can use it.
What is artificial intelligence?
Artificial intelligence is a subfield of computing. It aims to develop software that will allow computers to behave in a way that could be called intelligent. That means that it is a simulation of human intelligence used by machines – especially computer systems. Today it is used in medicine, business, education, finance, law, manufacturing, banking, transportation, security, and many other fields.
Artificial intelligence in everyday life
We encounter artificial intelligence much more often than we notice.
You must have shopped online once or know someone who has. Such purchases often result in personalized messages based on purchases made, products searched, or similar online behaviors. The same is with advertising.
Smartphones that are used by almost everyone today – also use artificial intelligence. Virtual assistants who answer questions, give recommendations, and help organize daily obligations have also become ubiquitous.
You’ve probably noticed that Google translate, as the most popular translator, works much better than a few years ago. Translating written or spoken text to improve and provide translation – relies on artificial intelligence.
Such methods are also used in creating smart cities. One of the main topics in this area is traffic regulation, improving connectivity, and reducing traffic congestion, which is a problem of every major city.
Some cars have a self-driving option and use safety features with artificial intelligence drive.
This advanced type of technology is also widely used by navigation, which has helped each of us at least once in finding the desired location.
Thermostats, for example, in smart homes learn from your behavior to save energy.
It is also represented in the fight against cyber-attacks and other cyber threats.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, we encountered artificial intelligence at airports and other places where thermal imaging was used. It also contributed to providing data to monitor the spread of the disease.
Types of artificial intelligence
There are several divisions, but these 4 are the main ones:
- Reactive machines – do not have a memory of previously done things but only react to current situations. Reactive machines are the simplest level of robots.
- Machines with limited memory – can retain learned information from observations of previous events or data.
- Theory of mind – is based on the psychology of human feelings, memories, or other brain patterns that trigger and influence their behavior. The theory of the machine’s mind would be required to use information derived from humans and learn from them, which would lead to how it communicates or reacts to a different situation.
Self-awareness – is the most complex, and many describe it as the ultimate goal of artificial intelligence. These are machines that have human consciousness and understand their existence. As a conscious being, this machine would not only be aware of its inner state but could also predict the feelings of others around it. At the moment, they exist only as a work of science fiction, and this may never happen.
As with everything, there are downsides to artificial intelligence, and some of them are:
- High implementation costs
- They can’t replace people
- There is no improvement through experience
- Lack of creativity
- Risk of job reduction for people
- It can make us lazy
- Research on the application of artificial intelligence in terrorism
We hope that most of the mentioned bad sides will not happen and that we will have the opportunity to enjoy the good that it can provide.
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