I’m sure when you hear the words “artificial intelligence”, you immediately think of Hollywood’s sci-fi movies: robots taking over the world, complete mayhem, people freaking out, the end of the world getting closer, etc.
But this is quite far from the truth…
Artificial intelligence is really just a program or machine’s ability to learn and think for itself in such a way that it is capable of developing skills as it practices and gains experience.
Its purpose is none other than supporting and enhancing human activities.
According to a HubSpot survey conducted this year, 63% of people aren’t actually aware they use artificial intelligence technologies.
You may not have noticed that you use these types of technologies every single day either.
Since we want you to be ahead of the curve, we’ve made a compilation of some of the most popular apps that use artificial intelligence.
Siri is one of the most popular personal assistants and one of the best examples of speech recognition software available today.
It’s an app from the Apple company that is on all of their devices: the iPhone, iPad, and all Mac computers.
The program connects to your information (messages, calendar, music, reminders, mail, contacts, notes, etc.) automatically, and uses machine learning technology to learn and become “smarter”.
Using all that information, Siri can understand your commands and requests very easily.
Although the app isn’t foolproof, some of its features are very useful and amazing (others are even hilarious if you start playing with it).
Just like with Siri, Google’s email platform uses machine learning to stop unwanted email or spam from entering your inbox.
The system analyzes and learns from previous examples and makes the most accurate decisions it can, based on them.
This process protects the users from malware and prevents them from being the victim of suspicious and deceitful email.
Google also recently announced the incorporation of Smart Reply, a service that replies to emails as users do.
What this feature does is analyze all your previous conversations, paying specific attention to the way you respond, and generates a predictive algorithm that produces short answers and even some more complex ones.
One of the Car Industry leaders, Tesla not only manufactures cars with flawless and gorgeous designs, but it has also created smart vehicles with predictive powers.
That’s why they’ve won so many awards.
One of their cars’ most unique features is the self-driving hardware, alongside a bunch of other high-tech innovations.
No wonder car enthusiasts are so excited.
But that’s not all. The automobile company’s system can receive over-the-air software updates, so their cars never stop getting smarter and more efficient.
Amazon’s artificial intelligence has been around for a long time now…
The site’s predictions and suggestions have increased their sales massively.
Today, Amazon is one of the largest e-commerce players.
And over a third of their sales come from their recommendations.
As time goes by, their algorithms have become more and more sophisticated, accurate and useful.
This technology can find out what your preferences and shopping behaviors are with the most incredible precision.
Sometime in the future, they are planning to implement a shipping system that delivers products before you even request them or even know you need them.
Can you imagine?
For the time being, though, this project is still in a work in progress. But it clearly demonstrates the potential of artificial intelligence.
5. GOOGLE NOW
Google Now is Google’s very own personal assistant.
You could say it’s Siri’s counterpart.
This app collects data from the various different Google services: Gmail, Google Maps, Search, YouTube, etc., to provide you with information it considers could be useful to you.
It might not be as effective or funny as its rival from Apple, but it delivers splendid results and does a fine job when it comes to simple tasks.