What Is AI?

Artificial Intelligence – also commonly known as AI – is surprisingly common, and indeed its use is burgeoning. As some of its earliest developers described, it is “any task performed by a program or a machine that, if a human carried out the same activity, we would say the human had to apply intelligence to accomplish the task”. As part of the security advice we offer at 6S Global we can help you to understand how to get the benefits, and avoid the more risky manifestations.

What AI Is Not - Yet!

Artificial Intelligence depends on systems being able to independently initiate actions, so wise people have pointed out that this carries risks. Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have both mentioned the serious threat that AI could become more intelligent than humans, and begin to endanger humanity. “Killer robot” systems – weapons that could kill humans on their own authority – are an approaching possibility. 

Of course, these are actual dangers, not quite yet in action. They can be avoided by wise human actions of regulation and control.

So what are the good bits?

Artificial intelligence & AI uses

There are many areas where the power of AI provides great benefits. Here are some examples using Artificial Intelligence:

  – Detecting credit card fraud – by recognising unusual activity AI is part of the early detection of fraudulent card use

  – Speech recognition – AI makes possible computer recognition not just of particular voices, but instructions spoken in ordinary language 

  – Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant – these are special cases of speech recognition which allow a huge array of actions to be triggered by a simple verbal request

  – Self-driving vehicles – although it still is a little way off, driverless vehicles will soon be a common sight

  – Improved searching – the efficiency of search engines is enormously improved by the AI learning common search terms and patterns to speed searching

  – Medical diagnosis – AI can be taught to recognise presentations of disease that a human view might find difficult to interpret, enabling better diagnosis of, for example, cancer

  – Social media monitoring – with all the millions of words and images put onto social media platforms each day human monitoring for provocative or forbidden material is almost impossible, so AI can power automated checking

  – Games such as Chess and Go – although this may not be the most serious use it demonstrates the power of AI 

  – SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) – for some years various projects in  seti have used AI to help identify possible communications coming to Earth

  – Protein folding – very recently it has been announced that the Deep Mind system of Google (previously used to play Go) has made a significant contribution to understanding how the millions of possible protein formulae actually fold into 3-dimensional shapes.

More information

There is a very thorough description of all that AI entails on Wikipedia here. The Royal Society has also produced an interesting short video about how AI is having an increasing role in our lives here.

 

Rest assured that our experts at 6S Global will be able to advise on how you can best use AI – get in touch!

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