Artificial Intelligence – Data Driven Technologies For The Future

Have you enjoyed the latest artificially enhanced technical devices yet? A thermostat that learns from your heating and cooling preferences and headphones that keep track of your workout performance and suggest the proper heartrate for your next run… sounds like a big leap? Welcome to the future!

Devices that are based on algorithms and learn from your habits, preferences and behavior will increasingly impact and also improve our life. While the rapidly growing use of AI- technologies is a rather new medium, data collection and creation of the first AI-systems has been around for over two decades.

The first machine enabled learning programs were even created as early as the 1940´s.

Implementing artificial intelligence into daily life was, for a very long time, seen as a potential competition for jobs and human interaction. Fueled by movies like iRobot, the audience often perceived artificial intelligence, or in this case robots, as an entity that might adapt human traits and eventually becomes human-like. Fortunately, the reality is entirely different. Improving daily life, simplifying procedures or even taking over tasks that are potentially risky for humans, like tunnel or pipeline inspections, are far more often the fields where artificial intelligence innovations are actually used today.

Deep Learning Machines

Medical improvements like CAT Scans or X-rays that are being read by an automated intelligent device will work precisely, based on data learned from previous results. There is very little risk in fatigue, stress or a human error to impact the readings.

With the ability to collect, read and evaluate large data sets from across the world, many technologies now have the potential to change or impact the course of medical advancement. While many consumers still see, and fear, AI as science fiction only available to few, it is important to remember that everybody can benefit from the latest developments as a consumer or patient. Voice recognition devices will also play a major part within the consumer focused devices. A voice guide will not only aid with household chores, like starting a washer or regulating the lights, but will also be able to turn on the computer and start a movie on the screen. This can further serve as support for physically challenged individuals, and provide options for a more independent life.

The history of artificial intelligence – a short overview:

1940´s programmable computers set the base for artificial intelligence as we know it today

1956    Artificial intelligence became an academic field

1972    WABOT-1 was completed, the first intelligent humanoid Robot

1997    The first computer chess-playing system was invented

2002    Roomba, the first Robot for household use, was available for everybody

2008    Speech recognition systems for cell phones were introduced

Many of us enjoy the benefits of artificial intelligence on a daily basis, without giving it a detailed thought. You ask Siri or Cortana for advice on a restaurant or have your questions answered about rebooking your flight online. A chatbot called Anna serves as a guide online for your IKEA shopping needs and you enjoy the fact that Netflix mostly offers the movies that you like to watch.

Find out more about the latest developments and the next generation of deep learning in our The HUB Magazine here.


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