3 Cool AI Projects

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AI is all around us, quietly working in the background or interacting with us via a number of different devices. Various industries are using AI for specific reasons such as ensuring that flights arrive on time or irrigating fields better and more economically.

Over time, our interactions with AI are becoming more sophisticated. In fact, in the not-too-distant future we'll have personal digital assistants that know more about us than we know about ourselves.

For now, there are countless AI projects popping up in commercial, industrial and academic settings. Following are a few examples of projects with an extra cool factor.

Get Credit. Now.

Who among us hasn't sat in a car dealership, waiting for the finance person to run a credit check and provide us with financing options? We've also stood in lines at stores, filling out credit applications, much to the dismay of those standing behind us in line. Experian DataLabs is working to change all that.

Experian created Experian DataLabs to experiment with the help of clients and partners. Located in San Diego, London, and Sao Paulo, Experian DataLabs employ scientists and software engineers, 70% of whom are Ph.Ds. Most of these professionals have backgrounds in machine learning.

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Bankers beware
  • 4/19/2017 10:05:10 PM

I like Experians plan for  instant credit on your phone

For Banks, this could be what Uber was to Taxi companies. Why should I have to apply for credit at the car dealership and three other stores? Just link my PayPal or ApplePay to a credit line.

We won't miss the finace guy.

Re: AI/machine learning wishlist
  • 4/19/2017 8:00:26 PM

@seth yes, and perhaps it can then be used for psychological assessment and guiding people to careers that are a good fit for their personalities and habits. 

Re: AI/machine learning wishlist
  • 4/19/2017 4:15:49 PM

That would certaintly help those who can not visualize and there are quite a number of people that can't. 

It also will help people learn what they like and don't like.  Yes, the A.I. personal assistant may very well know more about you than you do one day. 




Re: AI/machine learning wishlist
  • 4/19/2017 2:06:38 PM

@Jessica I also found that Amazon is doing something along these lines with an iOS app called "Outfit Compare." It enables people to upload pictures of themselves in different outfits and receive quick expert advice.

"Outfit Compare is a free service for Amazon Prime members that can give you a second opinion on what to wear," the company says in an FAQ inside the app. "Add two photos of yourself wearing different outfits. In about a minute, a fashion specialist will respond to let you know which outfit looks better on you. The answers take into account how the clothes fit you, which colors look best on you, how the outfits are styled, and what's on trend right now."

Re: AI/machine learning wishlist
  • 4/19/2017 10:34:16 AM
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@Jessica there are some projects that sort of attempt that. HBR described that as the business model of https://www.stitchfix.com

customers fill out style surveys, provide measurements, offer up Pinterest boards, and send in personal notes. Machine learning algorithms digest all of this eclectic and unstructured information. An interface communicates the algorithms' results along with more-nuanced data, such as the personal notes, to the company's fashion stylists, who then select five items from a variety of brands to send to the customer. Customers keep what they like and return anything that doesn't suit them.

AI/machine learning wishlist
  • 4/19/2017 9:47:40 AM

Here's the use case I want, and I don't know that it is possible. But it would be great to apply machine learning to a huge data set that includes the measurements and clothing sizes of a wide range of women and to be able to create a flattering, comfortable, professional, bespoke line of clothing that can be ordered over the Internet.