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


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. 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.

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David Burkett

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