Artificial Intelligence is here
Sara Sargent
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ICYMI: Artificial Intelligence is here

We all know that artificial intelligence is developing at an incredible rate, and whether you regard that as incredibly exciting or vaguely intimidating is a matter of personal opinion. 20 years ago, no one could’ve predicted the current state of technology; even five or seven years ago, today’s level of artificial intelligence advancements were hardly imaginable.

So, in case you missed it, here are some of the latest marvels of the past year. what have you missed in the past year?

1. Robot Caregivers

As the elderly become a more substantial demographic due to advances in healthcare and life expectancy, many researchers and developers are looking to create intelligent technology that can help alleviate the burden of care.

In Japan, robotic assistance is already being introduced into nursing homes and hospitals. These AI machines currently serve simple roles: helping frail residents out of beds or into their wheelchairs or bathtubs. But that’s just the start. According to Forbes, the Japanese government “recently revised its list of priorities to include robots that can predict when patients might need to use the toilet.”

By 2020, Japan expects more than 80% of its nursing services to be provided by robots. Right now, these robots are simply functional, with no personalities—but could robotic care help relieve a nursing shortage?

2. Cyber Security Guards

It certainly makes sense to police the technological world using technological devices. However, cybersecurity and online moderation has almost always been a human-driven field—largely because artificial intelligence just doesn’t work well enough yet.

How do you determine real threats with accuracy, while allowing benign content? In 2018, Palo Alto Networks released Magnifier to solve this issue. Magnifier is an intelligent program designed to use both structured and unstructured machine learning to effectively detect threats.

With these astonishing advances, it seems to be only a matter of time before smart cybersecurity becomes truly automatic.

3. Medical Diagnosis

There have always been issues with using AI to diagnose disorders effectively, especially when diagnoses involve rare diseases. Even human doctors sometimes struggle with accuracy in this field, because a significant portion of effective diagnosis relies on experience.

However, a machine-taught mind might be the solution to properly diagnosing, and therefore treating, even the most rare diseases.

University of Toronto scientists are experimenting with a computer-generated medical database of images. An AI system can then scan this database to learn how to visually identify these rare diseases. By using the AI’s intellect to memorize a world’s wealth of knowledge, who knows what the benefits might be?

4. Smart Assistants

If you used one form of AI in your day-to-day life in 2018, it was probably your smartphone. Whether you use Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, Alexa, or any combination thereof, these daly AI brains help you set alarms, look up information, connect with your home and more—perfectly.

Smartphone AI researchers and developers are always looking to improve their AI. With some of the newest improvements, you can take better pictures, work through math problems, and set up shortcuts for your everyday life—but you can also carry conversations, very nearly like speaking to a person.

The world of AI is constantly growing and changing, and it’s moving so fast that it can almost seem impossible to keep up. Keep your eye on our blog for the latest developments to see how they play out in 2019 and beyond. You can also contact us today to find out how you can use the power of AI to improve your own business.

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