Artificial intelligence may sound to you like some kind of futuristic concept that will materialize in the form of sentient robots centuries from now, but even though you may not realize it, AI is already all around us. Technology has progressed very quickly in recent decades, and with that progress has come the ability to process large amounts of data much more rapidly than ever before.
The reality is that computers make the lives we live now possible: chatbots, internet searches, and dating services are just some examples of how machines can train themselves to understand our world and interact with it. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the ways that AI will change the world in the years to come.
Currently, medicine and other medical treatments are designed with a “one size fits all” mentality, partly to make it useful to the broadest range of patients possible, but somewhat because it hasn’t historically been feasible to do it any other way. Now, however, artificial intelligence can analyze patients down to the genetic level, identify anything that would resist drugs or treatment, and customize accordingly to ensure maximum effect. This could prove especially useful in the field of cancer research.
Have you ever thought to yourself how much fun it would be for Kevin James and Arnold Schwarzenegger to star together in a Lord of the Rings sequel? It’ll never happen, but it could since artificial intelligence can alter video and images to insert practically anyone into just about any role. In fact, Star Wars recently brought Peter Cushing back to life to play Grand Moff Tarkin, and transformed an actress into a young Princess Leia, just two examples of the power of this technology.
This is actually one of the earliest and most practical applications of artificial intelligence. New threats, attacks, and attempted breaches rear their head daily, so modern network security technology can learn and recognize attack patterns to defend against attacks that may not have even explicitly been identified yet.
Much of this type of technology is already visible in everyday technology like your smartphone, including voice dictation of text messages or GPS-enabled mapping apps. However, it has the potential to be much more than that in the years to come. Imagine an in-home system that knows what to make you for dinner and does it on its own, mows your lawn for you, or reminds you of your anniversary and suggests presents, and that’ll give you an idea of the ways AI can simplify your everyday life.
AI has enormous potential to revolutionize the transportation world. Many companies are already developing self-driving cars, run by computers that don’t make human mistakes like messing with the radio, looking down to read a text, or lighting a cigarette when they should be driving. Current examples already in production include airplane autopilots and self-driving trains in Europe.
AI has the potential to change everything from grocery shopping to content marketing services, and everything in between. The examples above just scratch the surface of the revolutionary ways AI will change the world in the years to come.