By Vaishnavi Vijay

Artificial intelligence in industry

Majorly everyone is already living with AI, a row of hidden algorithms that controls our internet connected devices. I.e.; Smartphones to security cameras and cars that heat the seats before you’ve stepped out of the house on a bleak morning.

Many researchers like and prefer the new stage of technologies to cellphones of the 90s: that was useful, crude and cumbersome. They are working in the largest, most powerful machine-learning models into superficial software which can run on the smaller devices like wearables, kitchen and home appliances.

Our interactivity with technology will become progressively individualize. There always raises an issue about privacy, because AI requires data to learn patterns and make decisions and researchers are developing methods to use our data without viewing it. For e.g., or encrypt it in ways that currently can’t be hacked.

Our homes and cars will more and more be watched with AI-integrated sensors. Few security cameras use AI-enabled facial recognition software to identify frequent visitors and detect strangers. Ambient intelligence could recognize changes in behavior and prove a boon to older adults and their families.

Fei-Fei Li, a Stanford University computer science professor and a co-director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence who was instrumental in sparking the current AI revolution said that “Intelligent systems will be able to understand the daily activity patterns of seniors living alone, and catch early patterns of medically relevant information,”  While she says much work remains to be done to address privacy concerns, such systems could detect signs of dementia, sleep disorders, social isolation, falls and poor nutrition, and notify caretakers.

Our streaming services such as Netflix or Spotify use AI to learn your preferences and serve you an bunch of fascinating entertainment. Google Play uses AI to recommend mood music that matches the time and weather. Technology has come up to the level where AI brings old films into focus and turn black-and-white into color and sometimes even add sound to silent movies with the help in improving its streaming speed and consistency.

Gradually, more media we consume will actually be generated by AI, like Google’s open-source Magenta project has created an formation of applications that make music identical from human composers and performers.

The research institute Open AI has created MuseNet, that uses AI to puts up different styles of music into new compositions. This institute also has Jukebox, which creates new songs when given a genre, artist and lyrics, which in some cases are co-written by AI.

These early efforts, achieved by nourishing millions of songs into networks of artificial neurons, made from strings of computer code, until they internalize patterns of melody and harmony, and can recreate the sound of instruments and voices. Musicians are experimenting with these tools today and a few startups are already offering AI-generated background music for podcasts and video games.

Researchers are working on combining the technologies to create realistic 2D avatars of people who can interact in real time, showing emotion and making context-relevant gestures. A Samsung-associated company called Neon has introduced an early version of such avatars, though the technology has a long way to go before it is practical to use.

Such avatars could help revolutionize education. Researchers are already developing AI tutoring systems that can track student behavior, predict their performance and deliver content and strategies to both improve that performance and prevent students from losing interest. AI tutors hold the promise of truly personalized education available to anyone in the world with an Internet-connected device provided they are willing to surrender some privacy.

AI has already played a role in the development of COVID-19 vaccines by narrowing the field of possibilities for scientists to search — to picking the fruit we eat and sorting the garbage we throw way. Self-driving cars work, they’re just waiting for laws and regulations to catch up with them.

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