Examples of artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence or AI is part of the daily lives of millions of people around the world, automating and facilitating processes – both from a consumer and investor point of view. These AI-based process automation tools are emerging as great investment opportunities in a world that is becoming increasingly reliant on big data. Taking Ana, a professional woman who lives alone, as an example, it is possible to see it in a simpler way:
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7 examples of artificial intelligence in everyday life
- Voice and personal assistants
Ana wakes up and, while preparing breakfast and getting ready to go to the office, asks her personal assistant to play some of her favorite music or list the day’s news headlines. The AI makes its presence felt not only in recognizing Ana’s voice and responding to her requests, but also in selecting the music and news that might be more interesting for her.
- Search engines, social networks and content suggestions
While Ana is on the bus or the subway on her way to work, she remembers one of the news headlines listed by her personal voice assistant, pulls out her phone and enters the title into a search engine -such as Google, Bing or DuckDuckGo- or, why not, a social network -such as Twitter or Instagram-. Immediately, the search engine suggests a series of results associated both with the headline you searched for and Ana’s behavior with previous search results, her age, gender, geographic location, etc.
- Advertising and e-commerce
When scrolling to select the result that best fits her search or when entering one of the results, you see some ads for products or services associated with Ana’s specific needs in the real world.
This is how, after reading the content that interested her at first, she also decides to click on the ad of one of the sponsors, arrives at an electronic store or eCommerce, consults the characteristics of the product that interested her and decides that she wants to buy it. Likewise, he selects the day and time he wants to receive the delivery and the application assigns him a delivery person according to his location and schedule data.
The payment app – or digital wallet for blockchain – that you use to shop asks you for sensitive personal and financial data, so the bank has asked you for identity verification, either through biometrics – or biometric elements – such as putting your fingerprint on the phone’s sensor or facial recognition through the camera. You have successfully confirmed your data and, moreover, you have already arrived at the office.
- Customer service
During the course of the day, Ana has doubts about the delivery conditions of the product she bought and decides to contact the retailer’s customer service. She manages to clarify her doubts through the chatbot, which presents her with a series of instant answers to her specific queries, without the need to wait for a customer service agent to get out of the way.
- Machine translators
At work, she has an urgent task to translate a number of documents from English to Spanish. Although you have an advanced knowledge of the language, it is always beneficial to have some extra help, so you decide to use the DeepL translator to produce a draft, saving you time with a fairly simple base translation, on which you will work and fix those phrases that the automatic translator has not fully identified. Since she doesn’t have to translate word for word, she can work much faster and increase her efficiency.
- Household chores
Upon returning from the office, after a long day of work and decisions in the digital world, Ana programs her automatic vacuum cleaner, which runs through the house removing dirt from the floor; she leaves the coffee maker ready to turn itself on at 6:00 am and be woken up by the smell of freshly brewed coffee in the morning.
She puts on her pajamas and everything is in order, she can read a book or watch a movie on a streaming platform while it’s time to go to sleep, knowing that in the morning she will have a clean home, freshly brewed coffee, personalized music and news headlines, starting the day with everything she needs to get the most out of it.
Artificial intelligence: what is and how we face it
We speak of “Artificial Intelligence” (AI) when we refer to those machines or devices that are equipped with an intelligence similar to that of human beings. This term was used for the first time by the computer expert John McCarthy in 1956 and, despite the earliness of the announcement and the time that has passed, it is still not very common to find in our current environment.
History of artificial intelligence
In 1854, the British mathematician George Boole argued that logical behavior can be represented and expressed mathematically, as in a system of equations. Far ahead of his time, this thinking is what has earned him consideration as the forerunner of today's computational sciences.