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The World of Artificial Intelligence: How It's Driving Innovation

by David Burkett, Aug 11, 2016

Artificial intelligence is shaping the world and driving innovation as we know it. We're one step closer to depictions of robots in the future, presented in movies like Eagle Eye and Her. Artificial intelligence is essentially intelligence exhibited by a machine. There are more rudimentary forms than a fully functioning robot - we're not quite at the level of ARIIA yet (and it's a frightening prospect to think we could get there one day). When you play chess against the computer that is considered a form of artificial intelligence. 

Where Is AI Currently At?

There are a number of progressive companies using and developing artificial intelligence. The flexibility of AI means companies can deploy it in a variety of different situations. Google has sought to use AI to develop a virtual reality platform and an artificially intelligent, voice-activated assistant that works across devices like Google Home, as well as new mobile apps. The company is seeking to create a machine capable of understanding the context of prior conversations. As well as that, the company has created a machine learning project called Magenta. The machine created a 90-second piano melody through a trained neural network after it was provided with four notes up front. 
Google isn't the only company looking to utilise the advantages of AI. Palantir, a large national security company with a valuation of $20 billion is also looking to innovate through artificial intelligence. Palantir's end goal is to create a machine that can sift through and analyse significant amounts of data in order to find security threats. At the moment it is left to humans to detect these threats but as artificial intelligence improves and machines are taught to think like humans we may be able to automate the entire process. Suddenly flashbacks of ARIIA appear. If we give machines this information and they are capable of thinking like humans, will they abuse their power (as we've seen humans do so frequently)? Seems quite far-fetched and there are certainly safeguards we could put in place.
A number of innovative start-ups are using AI. X.ai offers an artificially intelligent personal assistant who schedules meetings for you. Lilt is a real-time adaptive translation API. Every time you confirm a segment, Lilt updates both its translation memory and MT system with your new translation. This feeds into AI as the machine learns your translation style, thus providing accurate translations.
Another cool product comes in the form of Bluetooth speakers. Amazon Echo is one of the first always-on, voice controlled intelligent home appliances that connects to the internet and controls third-party services. Users are able to ask trivia questions, ask about the weather and add items to a shopping list with the speakers performing these tasks. Sound familiar? These capabilities are similar to those boasted by Apple's well-known voice service Siri. Consumers seem to prefer Amazon Echo's cloud based voice service (Alexa) over Siri. 

WorkingMouse and AI

WorkingMouse has identified the booming market that is artificial intelligence. We have developed software bots which are able to generate on average around 90% of the target code. This code is generated based on the information we give the software bots. The result is a significant reduction in time spent on development and testing. Our innovation process' have enabled the introduction of artificial intelligence. As mainstream businesses adopt this forward thinking mentality, we will see an increase in artificial intelligence and it's applicability in our everyday lives.