AI: Turning Fantasy into Reality

By CIOReview | Monday, April 2, 2018
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For decades, humans have imagined a future with AI that will make lives easier, safer, and better. Recent advancements in technology are slowly turning this fantasy into reality. Facial recognition, virtual assistants like Siri and Google Alexa, and self-driving cars are a few AI-driven technologies used today. While much of this technology is still rudimentary at the moment, AI is already transforming multiple industries including manufacturing, healthcare, retail, transportation, and media.

In the supply chain, AI is being used for predictive maintenance of equipment, with sensors tracking operating conditions and performance of factory tooling. Precision medicine, an AI-driven approach for disease treatment and prevention, is emerging in the healthcare sector. By taking into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle of each person, it allows doctors and researchers to predict illnesses more accurately, decide on the required treatment and prevention strategies for a particular disease. Cyborg technology, a cutting-edge technology that can replace missing limbs, organs, and bodily senses is being employed to augment human beings with computers and enhance natural abilities. For instance, it can be used to help people with amputated limbs, as the brain will be able to communicate with a robotic limb to give the patient more control, significantly reducing the limitations that amputees deal with on a daily basis.

Machine vision is one AI application that is expected to change the manufacturing industry. Machine vision tools will help find microscopic defects in products like circuit boards using a machine-learning algorithm and enable robots, which are often at risk of crashing into things in their way, to stop during a potential obstruction. In cybersecurity, the self-learning and automation capabilities enabled by AI will be used to identify patterns and anomalies associated with malicious content, reduce costs, and increase the effectiveness of the cybersecurity experts, keeping people safe from cyber threats. AI is also expected to reduce the workload for employees in the HR recruitment department by making the mundane tasks of hiring easier.

With its abundant potential, AI will be the threshold to the fourth industrial revolution.