Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Adapting AI to a business

Artificial Intelligence has continued to be on the rise and a constant topic in the early 20th century. There is a lot of debate of its usefulness and necessity. While in some cases it proves to be a very convenient addition to human life, others find such a form of evolution to be dangerous. While in many instances, both arguments hold significant weight, however, with the changing times, it seems everyone must have a hand in this technology.

Companies using AI

Entrepreneurs, small business owners, company heads, etc. are the few people that can find a benefit from using AI in some shape or form in their business. While many people who are not particularly interested or knowledgeable in the changing society of technology, they may commonly view AI as something simple in smartphones and computers. However, it’s used more commonly than expected in business. So far, it’s been stated that all companies have in one way or another managed to incorporate AI into their business.
An advancing society where everyone has access to the same technology makes it increasingly easier for small businesses and companies just starting out to be successful. They also have the ability to improve customer service and customer experience, detect fraud, or automate work processes. In a technologically flourishing community worldwide, this is extremely important. More than small businesses, companies that have been around for a longer time, or namely, healthcare, automotive, or financial services have seen protection, security, and improvement through the use of AI.
All of these perks are jobs that can be done in half the time with small amounts of effort. Of course, not to leave out the topic of other’s jobs and professions while this could affect those in business from an ethic standpoint. From a business standpoint, this is a great advantage by not having to hire anyone to perform the tasks, ultimately saving money.

Choosing AI and the benefits for the individual

Like choosing anything for one’s own self-interest or purpose, or buying something functional, when it comes to business, it is important before joining the moving world to find the best type of AI. This could mean literally anything. A self-checkout machine, computer and internet security software, or voice automated systems. It is vital that an individual look at what their business is missing and find ways they can eliminate unnecessary things that require money and replace it with artificial intelligence.
While these are brilliant benefits, some things do come with risks as new technology always has the possibility of breaking down or malfunctioning. This could lead to a loss of production, and thus a loss in sales. A business savvy individual should know the risks and possibilities of using any form of artificial intelligence and attempt to make the best decision.
With this also comes the need for building resources and investing in the technology. While it may prove to be a bit expensive, AI app development services are available and most importantly affordable.

By igu on July 15, 2019 | AI & Business, Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Home Devices and Virtual Assistants In Business

Smart speakers and home devices have become one of the hot topics of the day. There is so much controversy and debate of whether these devices are extremely useful, or a pending problem just waiting to arise. Their usefulness proves exceptional, and at the same time unnerving. Millions of Americans have been noted to using these new devices at home, since the launch of Amazon Echo, a number closer to seventy-six million to be more precise as time goes on. The number will rise quickly in the very near future.
Getting along in the workplace so far?
For some, this is fascinating, a type of revolution with technology. For the rest, it’s no good for communities. And from a business point of view, it’s a great selling point. Businesses are looking to incorporate these smart speakers into people’s place of business. The idea is for the devices to “make things easier” for employees and workers without the need for a lot of work.
So far it’s been a huge success as company giants have managed to grow from investments and marketing. And company owners see this more so as a means to increase productivity in the workplace. This will be done by having AI cooperating with chatbots for sales, product configuration, and customer service queries.
Some would argue this is the making of lazy individuals. But nevertheless, it doesn’t stop others from trying to push forward.
Companies are also pushing for smart speakers to help undertake multifaceted objectives for work rather than simple tasks. Businesses are hoping to have AI complete a number of tasks with a simple voice command with efficiency to do work worth ten people.

Process and Procedure

To get to this advanced stage where AI is at an intuitive type 2 AI, where it understands much more complex commands and requests, any growing technology has some barriers and complications it has to pass through in order to function properly. The most obvious is the hassle of teaching smart speakers to understand more than what it already knows, but also other applications found on computers and smartphones. Applications such as Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft excel have to be introduced in order for an individual to say a command involving these applications.
After that’s been done, the next issue is how the AI will understand commands and requests, and if it will execute it at all. At this point and time, Amazon Alexa has some issues understanding or retaining some spoken commands already. This could lead to some further issues down the line.
To put it simply, the next barrier would be the challenge of shipping packages and products from simple voice commands. A broad sense of wording would be too much for the machine to understand, so workers and developers would need to simplify some things in order to get their ideas across.

Mixing Real Workers with AI

Now comes the much more interesting and problematic side of things. There’s a nonstop discussion of using AI in business, and that translates to fewer worker opportunities. While some jobs disappear, companies seem to try and make compensation for those let go by switching up the new tasks needed. Basically, if say for instance taxi drivers are let go and replaced by self-driving cars, companies will need new workers to manage the service and ensure nothing breaks down. In addition, their argument is that services and jobs that seemed to be unequal are being democratized to serve everyone.
No explanation has been very clear on the matter though, as even they and many others are uncertain of the future with the growing AI.

By igu on May 25, 2019 | AI & Business, Artificial Intelligence (AI)

The Idea of AI becoming stronger than us could come sooner than we think

This isn’t a topic that is relatively new. It’s been discussed for ages. A point where people fear the rise of AI and the point it will take over humanity. Humanity is obsessed with itself, with advancing itself and making things easier for themselves. But all this sometimes becomes unnecessary, and people can grow to the point where they lose a sense of the basics and forget the things that really matter, and thus turns into a loss of connection with nature. So many people argue that this development is not a way of making things easier for life, but rather a distraction to make people sluggish.
Technology has come to a point where activities require people to sit for long periods of time, which will have long term negative effects on a person’s health. And now people have come to a position where they no longer need to leave their house to get anything they need. With these home devices and smart speakers, no one knows who could be listening to them in their own homes.

Fewer people that are “awake”

Elon Musk, a well-known billionaire, entrepreneur, and investor has been one of the biggest voices on this pending situation. He himself knows of the troubles that are to face humanity should this technology progress to a point it can teach itself. In a recent article, he is noted to call AI “more dangerous than nukes”.
Those that only see from a business perspective and see AI development as innovation have said that Musk’s ideas are less than ridiculous. It’s the flaw in the individuals that ignore the signs all around a society that are led to a downfall sooner than later. Musk stated “They (those that are for AI improvement) think they know more than they do, and think they are smarter than they actually are. This tends to plague smart people.”
Musk’s statements are ones that are beginning to make people think. With an artificial intelligence that has a type 2 or 3 AI, where it has the capability to understand human emotion and retain knowledge and memory, people have put more of these machines in situations where they are able to learn more by themselves. This results in what Musk says will be a point humans can no longer manage AI in a safe way.

Being Unaware and Reckless

So many companies involved in this “AI movement” only seem to be invested in profits and a means to stay in the public eye. A simple malfunction is nothing compared to the other success they’ve had and profit that comes with it. In another recent article from the Forbes, it details how various businesses have launched projects and machines without builders and company heads knowing the risks involved. Another company manufacturing light detection sensors had an unsuccessful product as a truck using them failed to switch on, and thus killed an innocent bystander. Their response was less than sympathetic or concerned.
This type of behavior and recklessness will be the start of a demoralized ideas in technology, with the public put in harm’s way.

By igu on April 5, 2019 | Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Self driving cars: Is it revolutionary or destruction on wheels?

Society in the 21st century hasn’t quite made it to flying cars, but for the time being it’s managed to produce self-driving cars. A path which some would say is the start to flying cars and greater opportunities. But with this innovation that has been envisioned for generations, there are great benefits but also terrible destructions that could follow. The ideas are further reaching than alleviation of stress when not driving, and much more dangerous than a simple car crash when comparing the good to the bad.

Downsides and Benefits

So many have heard the disappointing discussions of machines taking people’s jobs. Things such as a self-checkout machine at a store replacing a cashier. A self-driving car is no different in this case. Assume that these new machines are used as a taxi service, which is another person’s source of income depleted. But looking even further into the technology aspect of things, when a person takes this taxi service a number of questions can run through their minds.
They may wonder if it’s safe, or could there be an accident with others on the road not using these self-driving machines. And these questions are reasonable enough, seeing as any AI has the ability to malfunction or even be hacked.
It’s been evident that in earlier years of this technology’s, specifically when the first automobiles came onto the scene, it’s led the destruction and harm to the surrounding area and bystanders.
But while these assumptions, ideas, and beliefs are possible, that won’t stop engineers from pushing for what is considered innovation on the roads. Many people have been in a situation where driving can be a bit of a hassle and stressful, to say the least.
Not everyone is the best or responsible driver on the roads and there’s a good chance people’s lives are at risk. With a self-driving car, however, it is entirely possible if made with least chances of malfunctions that these cars can reduce road deaths.
More than individual benefits, self-driving cars will help the environment on a greater level. With the talk of pollution and global warming, these cars are also intended to be electric and energy efficient. They’ll come with smart routing systems allowing for spacing between vehicles to decrease traffic, and in addition, one idea is that during long commutes, individuals will be able to work or even rest to focus on one task. A driverless vehicle taxi system can encourage less fortunate or less paid individuals to use the cars to make for easier, safer, and comfortable means of travel.
When it comes to accidents that are sure to happen regardless if there is a driver or not, these self-driving cars are to come equipped with cameras to catch exactly what happened. In the event a crime happens to take place nearby, or involving the passenger, police and investigators will be able to have a clear picture of the situation.
The time is fast approaching, and these new revolutionary cars are said to be coming out soon. Only public opinion will determine if they prove useful or useless.

By igu on March 11, 2019 | Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Greater Knowledge and Machine Learning

The time is fast approaching where the late years and highly developed technology we see in science fiction movies are coming to life. But contrary to belief, the highly advanced type of AI people were once expecting is still taking some time to achieve. There are even some misunderstandings of what machines and robots are capable of and what they will be able to do in the future.
There are a number of variations in AI. However, a topic and category known simply as “ML” or Machine Learning is a part of that but stated to be quite different. In a simple explanation, artificial intelligence itself and the type of artificial intelligence has a different meaning from “Machine Learning”. Machine Learning is simply the level in which artificial intelligence is advanced and able to carry out tasks.

Types of AI (Artificial Intelligence)

Artificial Intelligence can and has been summed up into simple categories to describe a robot, computer, and overall machine’s ability with types spanning from 1 to 4.
AI type 1 is the “Narrow AI” where much like a simple computer or when computers first emerged in society, their job was to carry out task given to them with a simple set of premade rules and orders to create a result.
Type two is a simple step up, giving AI the ability to now archive information and form memory to better construct results.
Type three AI is a highly advanced AI in which machines can retain knowledge and hold memory, but with that, they are able to comprehend human emotion and behave more like a human would overall.
Finally, Type four AI is the most extreme form. It involves robots not only understanding emotion and reacting accordingly, but they are also equipped with tools to understand their own existence and awareness of the environment around them.
With this in mind, ML (Machine learning) is ongoing to help expand on every AI type and AI in general. By taking all the types of AI, some have taken them and put them into even smaller categories and listed it as “Applied AI” and “Generalized AI”. Generalized AI is the more advanced type of artificial intelligence such as type 3 and type 4, where robots seem and behave more like humans. This is the behavior that engineers and scientist strive to, and thus influences machine learning.

Progression of Machine Learning

When development on computers was still in progress, Type 1 of AI was first introduced otherwise known as “applied AI”. With this, everything was put inside the computer to carry out tasks for individuals using it. Of course, like any new technology, it takes a lot of work, and new computers were no different. Because of this difficulty, developers soon came up with the early development of machine learning as well. This would enable the computers to learn for itself rather than everything being preprogrammed into the machine. Since its progression, it has proved useful not only for creators but other individuals as well.
When the internet came out, this allowed for even more information to be stored in the computer and vast knowledge to be spread worldwide.
As time has progressed, many believe that this idea of machine learning is endless. And in a way it is. Already, machine learning has led to the development of widespread home devices like “Amazon Echo” and “Google Home”. Of course, they were programmed to respond and react to commands, but with their connection to the internet and other’s requests and questions uploaded to a cloud, these devices have been able to form memory and archive of patterns to help better retain knowledge.

By igu on February 16, 2019 | Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Types of AI 

As the world continues to progress, it has seemed unavoidable that technology becomes an increasing part of day to day life. While many see this as great importance and convenience, others argue it could be the downfall of humanity. However, it depends on how far people are willing to allow AI to go. When thinking of technology in the future, many people imagine the usual flying cars and self-functioning robots.
But there is a difference put into specific categories that many people aren’t aware of. There are a number of variations of AI that individuals who are interested in the subject have created. Some have made broad categories for types, and others have made detailed scales describing the types of AI seen in the present day or in science fiction movies, television shows, or books.

ONE

To begin, the most basic form of artificial intelligence happens to be like the beginning stages of technology itself. The type of technology most assume is “Purely Reactive” otherwise known as “Type 1” or even “Narrow AI”. This type of knowledge within AI is similar to a computer or the type of computers that were first built.
An AI that had limited understanding or awareness and was programmed only to carry out what the user instructs it to do. Of course many computers today are still like this, whether individuals use it for coding or programming, the machine has been made with a set of rules and scenarios to produce a result for every possible command the user has.
This limited knowledge is what leads many to categorize other simple machines as “purely reactive”. A machine that specializes in specific requests and commands.

TWO

In today’s society, this type of AI is becoming more common. What so many consider to be a great convenience to carry out tasks and needs with little effort are the machines like “Amazon Echo” or “Google Home.” They are devices that have abilities to understand and respond to request on a greater scale. Contrary to “narrow AI” (simply having programmed knowledge to respond to possible results of the user) machines today with a “Type 2” AI, receive knowledge and continue to gather it from representations of the world or other’s questions or commands.
This gathering of information allows for an archive of memory that understands patterns. Therefore, with a little more free room to move, machines like this are also able to make fewer mistakes and respond accordingly.

THREE

The third type of AI is the type of artificial intelligence people typically find in movies, television, and books. Usually, they are robots and machines that are considered past modern time and resources. These are the machines that most think are “cool” as they are able to act and behave so much like a real human, but still keeping in mind that they are robots.
This “Type 3” AI thinks on a bigger plane than type 1 or type 2 combined. With the ability to execute commands like type 1 but also retain knowledge like type 2, type three allows machines to react and understand human emotions. It is this level of ability that many will find characters in movies becoming attached to. At the same time, many might find this level of intelligence to be feared because such capability to behave like a human is unsettling. And the reason for their unease leads to Type 4.

FOUR

Finally, there is the “Type 4” AI, seeming to only be a modification or slight advance from type 3. It is this level where machines are not only able to carry out a request, retain memory, and understand human reactions, but this level takes robots to the point where they are more human themselves.
AI at this point is now self-aware of who they are and what they are. They are considered highly intelligent at this point, caring, and with an inner conscience. Such ability makes people associate this AI with extraterrestrial interference or knowledge.

By igu on January 22, 2019 | Artificial Intelligence (AI)