Artificial intelligence in our daily lives impacts how we use our smartphones, drive our cars, use social networks and streaming services, and even shop online.
When we talk about artificial intelligence we immediately tend to picture in our minds highly complex robotic and automated systems that have some sort of electronic brain in command. However, it can also be something much more down to earth and closer to our eyes than we might think at first glance. Artificial intelligence is actually already part of our daily lives and we don’t even notice it most of the time!
Artificial intelligence can affect the way we use our smartphones, drive our cars, use social networks and streaming services, and even shop online… there are actually a vast number of different cases where AI is present in our daily lives and even interferes with the decisions we make every day. This happens in such a way and to such an extent that the whole tech world is discussing the consequences of artificial intelligence, in particular the role AI is going to play in shaping our future.
There are of course several parties in this important debate and some of the positions taken can be perhaps extreme, using a dramatic speech tone or even sometimes a prophetic one. Anyway, we need to find the right balance and come to understand that we shouldn’t be alarmed by the presence of artificial intelligence in our lives. As much as a machine may help us choose, ultimately it is we human beings who have the last word and the power to think and decide for ourselves.
Artificial intelligence is here to help us and nothing less. We need to understand it as a way to make our daily routines more practical, productive, and functional. Let’s look at some examples where we’re already using it in our daily lives.
Siri, Cortana, Alexa. Do these names sound familiar?
If you use a modern smartphone or computer then you have one of these digital relatives who is always there for you. Siri works on Apple devices, Cortana is the virtual assistant created by Microsoft for Windows and other Microsoft and third party platforms, and Alexa is the one with which you can interact when using the Amazon Echo smart speaker or other devices with which this virtual assistant works. As for Google, the company opted out of using a warmer name with a human touch and chose something plain and simple for its virtual assistant: Google Assistant.
How is AI connected with these virtual assistants? It is there from the moment you say, “Hey” and the assistant is called to action. What can a virtual assistant do for you aside from basic things like controlling music or settings? It can help you send a text message, set reminders, turn on battery saver, and instantly look up e-mails only by voice command.In case this doesn’t seem like much for you, it can also help you check your flight status, make a dinner reservation, check when your movie starts, and find a coffee stop along your route. Still not enough? Just ask it to check basic facts, solve mathematical problems, make conversation, or even tell jokes and be surprised…
More interestingly, these virtual assistants will actually learn from you. Whenever you speak their name and raise a query, the system registers, understands, and improves the result so that it can provide you with more meaningful information that better suits your particular needs – each and every time you need it.
Stay tuned to find out more about AI!
We know you’re feeling pretty enthusiastic and curious about AI already! Will you like to know more about how AI affects our daily lives? Don’t miss the second and last parts where in we’ll be taking about smart cars, drones, social media, and streaming services.
At InnoWave, we believe that AI is here to make our jobs more efficient and our lives easier!