You probably already noticed that our smartphones are getting… well, smarter! Just a mere decade ago, smartphones were not nearly as common or as powerful as they are now. Technology, in general, is advancing at such a rapid pace that it can be difficult to notice when artificial intelligence becomes incorporated into our daily routines. Here are just four of the many ways AI is making your life just a little bit easier.
Within a language, there are many details and intricacies that someone can use to personalize their own form of speech. Phrases that are widely common among certain individuals may never be used by others. Speech recognition AI seeks to close the gap between how an individual communicates with technology and the completion of tasks through technology. For example, typing as a form of communication is not always an ideal or abled task for a person. When speech recognition utilizes AI, a product is not only more convenient for time-sensitive situations, but more accessible for a wider population of individuals with disabilities. Speech recognition and its advancements are a form of representation for those who cannot use their hands to communicate with technology. Creating technology that works for a variety of people’s speech patterns is also an important step in furthering developments in accessibility. Google is currently improving its software for Live Transcribe, an app that converts speech to text in real time. By documenting and researching users with atypical speech patterns, such as those with ALS, Google hopes to create speech recognition that can be better geared toward those individuals’ specific needs for communication with voice recognized home systems and with other people to improve their livelihood. The same technology that can prevent driving accidents by making technology hands free can also help those with verbal or physical disabilities communicate with loved ones.
The process of getting from your current location to your destination has changed significantly in the past decade. Now, it is not always enough to know how to get somewhere. What is more valuable is knowing how to get somewhere in the fastest and most efficient way possible. Many navigation tools are able to determine how long a specific route will take while taking into account real-time traffic. This is also used to optimize the route with the least amount of traffic and within the preferences a user may set, like avoiding highways or tolls. In addition to personal navigation, rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft use AI to determine pricing for their drivers, based on variables like distance, time, and surge pricing. AI technology is not only a time saver for personal use, but it is the backbone of companies that employ millions of workers.
To some people, shopping is a hassle, and to others, it’s a hobby. No matter where you fall on this definitive shopping spectrum, AI is here to help you, and maybe even make the process a little more enjoyable along the way. The same algorithms that are being used for self-driving cars and facial recognition are now starting to be used by retailers for e-commerce and virtual shopping. Pinterest has taken advantage of computer vision to create Pinterest Lens, a feature that allows the user to point their phone cameras at any object and run a visual search based on that object. Amazon Go is another example of this technology in action on a larger scale, simplifying grocery shopping for customers in cities around the United States. On a more widespread level, AI has started to be incorporated into everyday online shopping experiences, tailoring each screen you see to be filled with personalized commodities. By crunching and analyzing your previous shopping data, artificial intelligence systems find patterns, similarities, and correlations in what you’ve bought to suggest options that you’re more likely to buy. At the end of the day, you have AI to thank for your Amazon cart always being filled to the brim with items you enjoy and that make your life easier!
Face ID Login
Your phone, laptop, banking, and financial transactions apps, and other personal apps that contain confidential information can often lead to risky consequences if our passcodes or other means of security are leaked. However, with the advancement in face recognition technology that uses AI, and the use of it for security purposes, we are provided with some greater sense of comfort that the vulnerability of our private information is more protected. It also provides increased convenience as we no longer have to remember our various passcodes or take the time to type them in. With just our face being scanned, our security is increased and our time consumed is decreased. Both these factors contribute to an overall sense of immense ease. This face recognition also surpasses the test of various angles, as it can recognize facial features from different viewpoints to ensure that the correct face, as well as any angle of that face, is recognized. For example, even with or without glasses, the face will be recognized, and it can be recognized while laying down or sitting up. This is thanks to the AI algorithms that make up face recognition.
It is important to appreciate not only how far these advancements have come, but also the value they have in everyday people’s lives. Artificial intelligence is inevitable, and we must keep in mind the most important reason it is developed and implemented is to serve humans and foster their intelligence.