We all know what popular digital personal assistants like Siri, Cortana, and Google Now are capable of doing on various platforms like Android, iOS, and Windows mobile. To put in simple words, these wonderful applications help process information for you based on your voice input. For example, if you want to find out where is the nearest Indian restaurant, then all you need to do is ask for it. The assist or the artificial intelligence, as we all call it, will respond by getting the information for you and relaying the same to you in the quickest way possible.
Artificial Intelligence can not only be used for getting information directly to you but also for sending commands for other apps. In different apps where artificial intelligence is used, the technology works by collecting information on behalf of the user and then uses the same for recognizing the user’s speech and provides you results that are as per your preferences. According to Microsoft, its artificial intelligence system, Cortana is always learning about its user’s preferences and will anticipate the same in future also.
It is interesting to note that Virtual Personal Assistants continuously collect information from different sources to enable them to remain effective in organizing and tracking information. Be it your smartphone or car, video games or calculators, artificial intelligence can be used daily. Sometimes, this new-age technology can be used to do simple things, like asking Siri to get you directions to the nearest grocery store or letting you know things that are not so obvious, like intimating you about an abnormal purchase on your debit card. Artificial intelligence is here to stay and is already making a lot of difference in our lives.
To put in a nutshell, artificial intelligence can be defined as that branch of computer science that lays emphasis on the development of intelligence machines and prompts them to think and work like humans. It could be anything, like problem-solving, planning, and learning. Today, this branch of science has become so popular that it is being discussed widely in business and technology circles. Also, many industry analysts and experts believe that AI or machine learning is the future. But, if we look carefully, AI is not the future – but it is the present.
Artificial intelligence as a technology is in the initial phase and more and more companies are investing in it for their growth and competitiveness. The goal of AI, as many experts believe, is to mimic the ‘cognitive’ functions that are associated with humans, like problem solving and learning. One of the long-term goals of this technology is General intelligence.
There are different fields of artificial intelligence – Handwriting recognition, Optical character recognition, Artificial creativity, Face recognition, Speech recognition, Diagnosis, Computer vision, Image processing, Virtual reality, Strategic planning, and Game theory.
When technologies like artificial intelligence can be so interesting and useful, it is hard for budding and talented students like Saksham Rai to remain away from that entire buzz. Saksham has been in the forefront in learning various things associated with artificial intelligence and machine learning as he loves the subject to the core.