Once upon a time, humans were considered to be the only intelligent species inhabiting Earth. However, then we discovered that the rest of the species on the planet had their own way of displaying their intelligence.
Later on came Artificial Intelligence or AI as we call it – computer systems which have the capabilities of a human brain. The good news is, recent developments in this field mean that we can see an increased practical applicability of artificial intelligence in our daily lives.
If you interested in the applications of AI in our daily lives, or a B.Tech engineering student with the dream of creating your own robot, you can surely glean some insights from the leaders in this industry. In this blog, we will look at some of the most promising inventions from AI companies across the globe, and their possible implications.
- OCT scans from Google’s DeepMind
DeepMind is a Google-owned company that has been working on using AI to create neural networks, which can simulate a human brain playing a game. In March 2016, the company’s program Alpha Go beat Lee Se-dol, A Go World Champion at his own game.
Beating a champion might not sound like much, but DeepMind’s neural networks have other uses too. The company has partnered with Moorfield Eye Hospital to diagnose age-related macular degeneration, which causes retinal damage and loss of vision. Traditional scans generally take a long time to analyse, but DeepMind’s machine learning systems can quicken the process of diagnosis and help reduce the number of patients.
- Improved online shopping experience via IBM’s Watson
Online shopping is the way forward. For e-commerce companies, that means more money spent on digital marketing and on improving customer experience. One of the ways this can be done is by improving the quality of product recommendations that shoppers see as they browse through a store’s catalogue. IBM’s Watson is the perfect AI system to help e-commerce companies in this regard.
- Storytellers from Narative Science
Quill, by Narative Science, is an AI with a creative bent. Quill takes numbers, symbols and other structured data from your excel sheets, documents, and PDFs and converts them into content-rich information by filling in the gaps.
Imagine a scenario where you are running late for a presentation and all you have is a huge pool of numbers that make no sense. Quill can sense the patterns in these numbers and convert the information into easy-to-interpret content that will make you the star of the team in an instant. Companies like Forbes already use AI, because of its ability to recognise patterns and analyse data much better than a human brain.
- AI as customer service representatives
Artificial Intelligence can shorten long drawn out conversations with customer service personnel, and eventually even replace human representatives. Automated switchboards can be used to communicate with clients, and the AI program can respond to customer questions after a manual or a Google search for the relevant information. Amelia, by IPsoft, is an example of such a system and it is already in use at the Enfield Council in London.
AI is still in its developing phase, and it requires a lot of R&D. Engineers, researchers, and interns from many international universities are helping companies come up with innovative technology. If you too want to be at the forefront of this action, then choose the right college to complete your B. Tech abroad. The International Transfer Programme from Manipal ICAS can help you in achieving this dream.
Established in 1994, the International Centre for Applied Sciences (ICAS), Manipal Academy of Higher Education – is a premier engineering institution offering a credit transfer program. The student spends first two years of the course in India, where ICAS prepares the students for pursuing a global program. The University then helps them switch to a foreign institution of their choice based on the credits they earn for the remaining two years of their course tenure. Over the years, the institution has collaborated with more than 100 colleges across the globe where ICAS credits are accepted. ICAS as an institution encourages and facilitates mobility of engineering graduates at an international level.