6 Applications of Artificial Intelligence and a Look at the Future of AI


In the TV show “Westworld,” artificially intelligent (AI) robots built to look and act exactly like humans take guests through different narratives of an old-west-styled amusement park in order to help them live out their fantasies -- whether promiscuous, adventurous, or deadly.

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In episode two of the show, one robot’s glitch gives “Westworld” employees pause, causing them to decommission it. A scientist in the programming division suggests this glitch may be contagious, “so to speak,” and could infect other robots, or “hosts” as they call them in the show. This theory is denied by her superior, but later in the episode, the daughter of the decommissioned robot is shown seemingly infecting another host with "consciousness" by repeating what could be a trigger phrase: "These violent delights have violent ends."

All of this seems like an eerie (and perhaps, impossible) peek into the future, but Christopher Atkeson, a professor at the Robotics Institute and Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, told INSIDER that simulated consciousness already exists in products such as Amazon Echo and the iPhone’s Siri, and that AI systems infecting other AI systems is not a hypothetical scenario.

“The whole spam industry is, to some extent, built off this," Atkeson told INSIDER. "[People] don't buy computers to send you spam, they infect other peoples' computers which then send you spam [...] It's not hypothetical, it's already happening. And if instead of sending spam it was sending consciousness, boom. There you go, you're spreading consciousness everywhere."

While we haven’t developed the level of consciousness that the fictional team on “Westworld” has, it doesn’t mean we’re not heading in that direction. Even SpaceX founder Elon Musk warns of the potential of AI. He recently tweeted that it’s “only a matter of time” before AI learns how to take down the Internet -– a comment in response to a DDoS attack launched on Internet infrastructure company Dyn in late October. The attack caused an Internet outage that affected sites including Netflix, The New York Times, Spotify, and Twitter.

While Musk and shows like “Westworld” and “Black Mirror” may warn against the untapped potential of AI, it is already being used every day in many applications, including political polling, providing companionship to the elderly, and developing new pharmaceuticals.

Here are six applications of artificial intelligence in use today, as well as a look at how it could be used in the future.

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Re: Old AI is New AI
  • 12/26/2016 5:47:41 PM
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Broadway writes


Much of what robots have done in industry so far can be considered unintelligent labor. Not sure what you would consider intelligent labor ...


 

Yeah, hard to nail down. I suppose you could say those self-driving trucks I wrote about last February in my A2 article Automated Vehicles Tackle the Big Jobs could be one example, because they mimic some (presumably) "intelligent" actions of human drivers ...

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Re: Nice and Interesting Information about AI
  • 12/26/2016 11:16:31 AM
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I would imagine our smart electric meters on homes and businesses ideally provide lots of cool information for the utility company yet remain mostly invisibile to most customers. And just how the data is put to use to not be to customers' disadvantage but yet provide insights into better efficiencies for the company is up to legitimate questions. Will the data help efficiency or provide ways to charge extra for customer electrical use and demand?

Re: Nice and Interesting Information about AI
  • 11/30/2016 11:14:57 AM
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Sure, here's an example I ran across earlier this year of IoT done right (in my opinion)

 

 www.iotsworldcongress.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Leica-Reducing-Unscheduled-Downtime-and-Customer-Efficiency.pdf

To the customer, it's invisible but to the manufacturer it provides invaluable data without adding layers of complexity.

 

Re: Nice and Interesting Information about AI
  • 11/29/2016 9:14:07 PM
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@ SaneIT.  Re:  "Technologies that become invisible to us will be the ones that have the most impact not the ones that sit on top of another technology that we dislike in order to make it a little more tolerable. "

Do you have any examples?  I know it's already an issue with new systems that are reliant on archaic systems that no one knows how to program or make changes to. 

Re: Nice and Interesting Information about AI
  • 11/29/2016 9:10:43 PM
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@ rbaz, I don't think I would trust an A.I. to tell me to keep going because the light was going to go green.  It may be right but that doesn't prevent all the other cars who are speeding to get through the yellow light. 

It would only work if everyone was on the system.   If A.I. ever does take over I bet it's going to be really simple for them to take over.  They can just drive your car off a cliff.

 

Re: Nice and Interesting Information about AI
  • 11/28/2016 10:31:52 AM
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We keep tacking on layers of technology to make things easier but what if we should be stripping layers away instead?  As you say the reverse...  Technologies that become invisible to us will be the ones that have the most impact not the ones that sit on top of another technology that we dislike in order to make it a little more tolerable. 

Re: Nice and Interesting Information about AI
  • 11/27/2016 6:03:46 AM
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@tinym, I don't believe fail safe is achievable. Responsive guidelines adapted to reign in emerging negative consequences is the best route.

Re: Nice and Interesting Information about AI
  • 11/27/2016 5:48:46 AM
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@rbaz no doubt the mingling of the two will bring about many unintended consequences. I wonder what fail safes might be appropriate in this kind on environment.

Re: Old AI is New AI
  • 11/24/2016 11:20:36 AM
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Lyndon, I think the key part of that definition is the word "intelligently." Much of what robots have done in industry so far can be considered unintelligent labor. Not sure what you would consider intelligent labor ...

tin moi hom nay
  • 11/24/2016 7:35:02 AM
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tin moi hom nay

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