You already know that Artificial Intelligence is here to stay. It has been argued that the topic of AI is not just important but THE most important topic for our future. Perhaps AI may feel a bit like a brave new world but I want to assure you it’s far from a dystopian future. Quite the contrary.
The way the world works in just 15 years will most likely be almost unrecognizable compared to the way we do things today. By harnessing the power of big data and machine learning we have fuelled the growth of AI into virtually every area of our lives, and it’s only going to accelerate and become more widespread. Basic systems that we tend to take for granted — transportation, nutrition, medicine, politics and work—are all being fundamentally changed by AI.
That’s the nature of innovation. It is disruptive. It can strike a chord of fear and it can create resistance. But once the innovation has tipped, we can’t imagine our lives without it. Here are four examples of how I see AI already changing our lives for the better.
Healthcare is a strategic part of IBM’s Watson platform. Relying on a technology called deep learning, the Watson Health project is transforming vast amounts of medical images (30 billion) into a new generation of services for patients and providers. Watson can spot patterns in data. One of the most promising near-term applications of Watson’s automated image processing is the detection of melanoma. Diagnosing this type of skin cancer can be challenging partly due to how its presentation varies so dramatically between individuals. Comparing a patient’s scan to a large database of images can aid the doctor in diagnosis and possible treatments.
Of course, integration of electronic health records is still challenging, but it’s hard to argue the benefit of delivering an accurate diagnosis in 10 minutes. In fact, at the University of Tokyo, doctors report that Watson saved a 60-year-old woman’s life.
- The Driverless Car
Promising greater throughput, efficiency and safety when compared to the current estimation of 30,000 people killed annually in the US in car accidents, the proliferation of the driverless car is, in my view, inevitable. While there are still hurdles to clear before the driverless car is our new norm, it’s coming faster than you might think. In fact, Uber’s first self-driving fleet arrives in Pittsburgh this November. Although the cars will be supervised by a driver, as dictated by common sense and the law, a fully autonomous car will be ready for the road by 2021.
At the heart of the AI necessary to make driverless cars successful is the technology to make decisions in real-time. An enormous amount of input needs to be processed instantaneously to operate in a wide variety of traffic conditions and AI is up for the job.
- Cognitive Cooking
Chef Watson, the cognitive cooking technology brought to you by IBM and Bon Appétit, has already proved its value in suggesting recipes. With over 10,000 recipes in the Bon Appétit database, the app is rather inspiring. I might even take up cooking.
Chef Watson has surpassed its reputation as the smartest cook ever. By suggesting recipes to use the ingredients cooks have on hand, Chef Watson is also reducing food waste. When you consider that Americans are throwing out the equivalent of $165 billion of food each year, this is a huge step in the right direction and pretty cool in my book.
- Job Hiring
There’s no doubt that the business importance of HR is shifting. Just this summer, Airbnb announced the redefinition of their HR function with the appointment of a new Global Head of Employee Experience. As the glue that connects everything to do with the workplace experience, HR is taking its rightful place at the top table. One way that AI is supporting this evolution is by revolutionizing the recruiting process.
In 2013, Candidate.Guru set out to use big data analytics to eliminate the guesswork from the recruiting process. What was been developed has a 97% success rate for predicting a culture fit between hiring managers and job candidates, without the need for surveys and assessment tools. By providing valuable insights, AI is not only enabling more objective and reliable decision-making, but saving time and money as well.
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