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Best Real-World Examples of Artificial Intelligence

If you restrict the term artificial intelligence to a limited number of industries or a niche amount of applications, you certainly overlooked the technology of the 21st century.

Well! While most of us are oblivious to the term artificial intelligence (AI), its applications are more common in our day to day lives than we can imagine. Today, AI assists in every area of our lives, whether trying to read our emails or get driving directions.

The age of artificial intelligence has arrived and we are part of the era where machines are starting to understand and recommend what we (as users) want or likely to do in the future.

With top industries like healthcare, logistics, real estate, banking, retail, marketing, and financial service sectors leveraging AI, it will continue to act as a technological innovator for the foreseeable future.

In this article, we will come across the best real-world examples of artificial intelligence in our daily lives.

Let’s find out!

Video Games:

The gaming industry was one of the early adopters of artificial intelligence and its impact on user experience has been profound. While crude forms of AI have long appeared in video games, it is considered a booming new frontier in how games are developed and played. 

In video games, artificial intelligence (AI) is used to generate responsive, adaptive, intelligent and similar to human-like behaviours primarily in non-player characters (NPCs). AI is the driving force behind NPCs behaviour in the game world that enables them to play games at or beyond human levels. It shifts the control of the game experience toward the player as it dynamically balances gameplay difficulty based on his/her skills. AI-driven behaviour modelling of such characters advances the game’s storyline in a specific direction.

AI in gaming is all about enhancing a player’s experience on a vast array of mobile and wearable devices, from smartphones to VR headsets and more.

The game industry allows for a great deal of function variation. AI is used to plan the game, create the characters, and to some degree, frame the plot and overall storyline too.

For example, in the game Pacman, each ghost featured unique forms of AI to try and catch the player as they make their way around the maze. Whereas, games such as GTA, Call of Duty feature digital worlds with various NPCs that often behave in a human-like manner.  All of this is possible due to AI advancements.

Smart Cars:

This is one area where AI is increasing its presence in our daily lives. Smart cars are no figment of imagination in the age of artificial intelligence (AI).

Autonomous cars, also known as self-driving cars, can sense the environment, detect people and other cars around the vehicle, stay in the same lane or switch lanes, as well as follow the GPS to get to the final destination, without human interference.

AI-based smart cars do not require drivers and rely on a combination of sensors: cameras, radar and LiDAR, software for navigation and control. These sensors generate a massive amount of data. And, to process the vast amount of data efficiently furthermore to train and validate the autonomous driving systems; companies developing self-driving car systems rely heavily on AI, in the form of machine learning and deep learning.

Equipped with advanced recognition technologies, AI-based self-driving cars identify obstacles along the route, better understand the surroundings and path planning, and ultimately reduce the chance of accidents caused due to driver fatigue or negligence. The connected nature of navigation elements such as traffic, vehicles, transportation systems makes it so much easier to identify slowdowns and replan commuting.

AI gives cars the power to see, think and learn, enabling them to navigate a nearly infinite range of possible driving scenarios.  Tesla, Uber, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Volvo and Volkswagen are at the forefront to revolutionize how people drive—and enable vehicles to drive themselves.

Chatbots:

Many businesses have taken a keen liking toward chatbots— a time-saving technology providing users fast and human-like replies in chat form. AI-enabled chatbots recognize words and phrases to comprehend the customer’s query and deliver the most appropriate response. Sometimes, chatbots are so accurate that it becomes harder to recognize if the one you are chatting with is a real person.

The use of AI facilitates chatbots to mimic the conversational style and tone of customer representatives through natural language processing. Furthermore, chatbots featuring multiple languages guarantee that there is no obstacle when communicating with customers. 

AI-enabled chatbots provide consumers with an immersive and intuitive way to find responses on their own. Advanced chatbots can answer complex questions requiring detailed responses and in case of a bad rating for the response you get, the bot identifies the mistake and corrects it, ensuring a wonderful customer experience.

The use of AI algorithms trains machines to cater to customers via chatbots. These chatbots can not just answer FAQs but can book appointments, answer billing questions, take and track orders too.

Social Media:

Have you ever wondered what happens to the abundance of data generated through chats, posts, blogs, tweets and so on?

Well! Wherever there is an immeasurable amount of data, AI and machine learning are always involved.

Behind every social media suggestion system, rests a robust implementation of artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning (a subset of AI). These technologies work silently within the background to understand the sort of content a user resonates with and personalize social media feeds. 

AI is the enabling force behind showing us posts that we might like and advertising products that might be useful for us based on our usage patterns, search and browsing history.

The facial recognition feature is another example of AI. It helps people tag their friends through automatic suggestions. Smart filters can identify and automatically weed out spam or unwanted messages. Smart replies are another feature businesses enjoy.

Various social media applications also use AI to control problems like cybercrime, cyberbullying and hate speech. AI algorithms can easily identify hate keywords, phrases and symbols in different languages, as it has been fed into the system. AI helps to spot and swiftly take down posts containing hate speech a lot faster than humans could. 

Summing up!

The age of artificial intelligence has arrived and its impact is everywhere. 

From enabling your smartphone to understand the intention of a certain piece of text and prompt the right emoji to enable you to achieve the unthinkable.

Artificial intelligence is and will continue to change the world around us in exciting and unpredictable ways. 

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