Artificial intelligence has come a long way since the first official robot with AI-features was developed in 1969. Shakey the Robot was the first robot ever built that had the ability to make decisions on its own by interacting with its surroundings.
After that, more and more money was invested in the industry, and after a short unfruitful period, the technology started developing at a fast pace.
Today, AI has infiltrated almost every part of our society and daily lives, and it can even make decisions about important things on our behalf by managing IoT-powered devices, for example.
However, people do not know nearly as much about AI as they should. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at where AI is today and where it is expected to be in the near future.
As we have already said, AI is present in almost every aspect of our lives — transportation, workplace, education, communication, sports, media, healthcare, and many others.
When it comes to traffic, it allows us to reduce travel times by analyzing traffic and finding the best possible route to get to our destination. Also, it has given us autonomous vehicles and ride-sharing apps.
As for the applications across workplaces, we use robots in many manufacturing processes in factories, where they have proven to do a better job than humans. They are more reliable and make fewer mistakes than human workers.
Education has seen improvements thanks to AI as well. Plagiarism checkers exist thanks to AI, as well as automated grading, virtual teaching, adaptive learning, and more.
We all know how much easier communication has become since the development of AI. It gives us the precise real-time translation, spam filters for emails, reply suggestions, and makes communication faster.
AI in the Future
If we compare where AI is today to where it was just a decade ago, we could conclude that we already live in the future. However, the actual future looks even brighter.
One of the AI’s main tasks in the near future is to grant us completely automated transportation. Elon Musk of Tesla is already working hard on this and believes that we are just a couple of years away from the goal.
It is also expected that AI will help us improve our physical and cognitive abilities by turning us into cyborgs. Losing a limb or getting brain damage might not be such a big problem in the near future.
Furthermore, dangerous jobs will be given to robots, whereas humans will do low-risk jobs. Therefore, we will eliminate a big portion of work-related injuries and deaths.
Finally, we rely on AI to help us solve the problem of climate change. We hope that we will be able to come to a solution quickly, as global warming is a ticking bomb at the moment.