Artificial Intelligence in Industries, Where are We? [Updated]

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Artificial intelligence is the most interesting word over the internet now -in almost all industries, which simply stands for AI. From news websites to big businesses like Google and IBM, it’s like everyone is focusing on this field, since 2016. However, 2017 become the year where more researchers and universities saw the potential of AI in solving society’s problems, and so all industries have collectively banked their research in machine learning and artificial intelligence. 
Just the other day, China budgeted for a 2.8 billion dollars Artificial Intelligence Park to be built on the northwest of Beijing -that is after more than 10 companies received massive funding to establish their AI-researches and application between 2016 and 2017. In fact, it’s anticipated that the AI-industry will be worth almost $50 billion by 2021. 
But What Exactly is AI (Artificial Intelligence, from different industries point of view)? 

To make it simple that a 5-year kid should understand, artificial intelligence is all about training machines to work or handle tasks without prior programming, human assistance or without requiring human intervention. If you look around, higher chances are that you have been interacting with these intelligent machines or applications without your knowledge.

For example, there is an application in some Android phones called the SPEAKING CAT. Most people kind of assume the app because, what much can you do with it, well… for one it’s an interesting software that can keep your kid really busy as he or she speaks, and the CAT would respond. 
Let’s mark this, the cat in the app is not programmed with your kid’s voice, the kid speaks, it learns then responds. You will also notice that it tends to repeat exactly what you or the kid said with your exact voice, which means it’s able to learn voice variations. Now, that is artificial intelligence at work but indirectly, because you are training the cat in the app to speak like a real human without prior programming.  
Now, a complex example of artificial intelligence all is here -Amazon’s smart speaker. This gadget is able to serve customers exactly like humans. When new, we can say that the speaker is still a novice as it is yet to learn the pattern of words that humans use.  But after some time the speaker is able to listen and master the language of buyers and in that line serve the customer. Google also has the same kind of speaker called Google Assistant, while LG has the ThinQ Speaker, what is even more interesting is that this gadget can answer inquirers exactly how they need to be addressed. 
For instance, if you’ve been to Amazon lately you’ve seen a pop up somewhere asking what assistance you need, well, you may call that a Customer Relation Chatbot as well, but for now it’s working as a smart speaker. You may want to know where a certain item you are not easily sporting in the stock, all you’ll do is engage the speaker, and it will be attentive to listen and answer your query. Interesting right, today I decided to make it simple to understand. 
Those are just shallow applications of artificial intelligence but believe it, we have really gone far as of today on this topic. And to be specific 2017 was the year when machine learning really becomes a reality in many industries. Now, let us have a look what AI has accomplished so far in different industries and you will be amazed. From medicine, security, childcare to journalism, AI has had a special place in the application.  

Upadated: see the below video for more of what artificial intellegence is: 


Medicine Artificial Intelligence
In the medical arena, the topic of all started quite sometimes back, let’s say around 1959. But at that time it was a mere dream from one researcher who really looked forward to a robot that would one day operate on patients without making the errors that seemed inevitable with humans. His take was, a robot doctor would not suffer burn out even after doing many surgical procedures -the way humans do. 
Medical Industrie: The Surgical Robot
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While we are not exactly there yet, now we have robots that can do some surgical procedures but under human supervision. The good thing about an AI on the job is that it is able to match a patient’s medical history on the fly, something that a human would need to flip over files to extract information before a procedure.
 As in, for your information, if maybe you’ve never been a doctor before any operation procedure is conducted, it is always advisable to have the medical history of the patient carefully examined to know if they can actually take the surgery without exposing them to other risk factors. Let’s go to the next application:
Record Keeping AI Robots
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Besides the surgical knife, plans are underway to build machines that can help in data management. There is a lot of filling in hospitals and that sometimes requires a lot of work and time to manage. As in, we can have robotic hospital clerks that would help in record keeping.
This would help in achieving the goal of big data, which is ideally to help hospitals automate processes. Big data can help organizations plan on better ways of improving and making decisions faster using the data they have been storing over the years. Now, with AI in the picture, it would be easier to make this area more effective.  
AI-Powered Bionics
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The tech of machine intelligence is not only about tasking bots. It has now gotten into the system of humans, in form of body parts. Prosthetics are making life very enjoyable once again for the once hopeless physically challenged folks who make over 1.9 million of the US population. People who along the way lost a leg, an arm or even an eye now have reasons to smile because with bionic limbs and eyes they don’t have to depend on people to carry or push them around on their wheelchairs.
In fact, prosthetics have become extremely smart that a user can see through it with the most amazing fact being, wearers can now feel the exact position of their bionic limbs. In addition, updates say that a user can now feel when they are stepping on water or fire, which simply means that scientists have succeeded in creating effective neural sensors. Ideally, feelings are what help us know when you need to take away your leg or hand when burned and that is exactly what prosthetics can now tell the user in case of danger. 
In addition to how AI in prosthetics is helping the disabled to be self-reliant, Paralympians can now be sure to farther their athletic ambitions with better and trainable limps. A recently made artificial arm is able to pick a glass and bring to the mouth when told to. Interesting right? Just to be precise, manmade body parts seems to be among the greatest beneficially of the AI technology. 
“Child (x) Offenders to be Treated Using AI” 
Do you see that subheading right before this sentence? An article bearing a relatively the same title was published a few days ago. It talks of scientists who are out to make AI trained CSB dolls that might be used to treat offenders. Sounds really crazy right? I also think so, but the initiators of this project say that these robots would be made to look and sound exactly like a child so that instead of an offender thinking of getting to the kid, they can simply turn to a robot.
As in, the idea is to try and make the doll to do everything that a child would do and what the offender would want to hear. 
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According to most people, they think that this idea needs to be carefully thought into. Because instead of treating the offenders these dolls may work to worsen the vice because it’s obvious that the sham experience would make the culprit want to dig deeper by getting real children. As in, a robot cannot exactly replicate 100% human feel, you know what am saying, right. Let’s drop that for now because the whole idea sounds bananas. Now, here comes the next area of implementation:  
Military AI application (Security Industies)
Security is one field that has also greatly benefited from machine learning and deep leaning. From drones to rescue robots, and now imaginative cops that would be combating terrorists head-on, it’s clear that artificial intelligence is a serious topic here. While there is still a lot of debate about how far should humanoid robotic cops be deployed, what weapons they should be permitted to carry or operate and who will be supervising them, that still does not quench the need to have the humanoid machines on the job. 
Recently, a researcher was recommending a prosthetic arm saying it would be very useful in offsetting a bomb and such like tasks. In addition, rescue drones would also be trained to make them more effective and time-saving.  
Structural Fabrication
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A steel fabrication is another field that has partly benefited from machine learning. Now, there are fabrication software that has been trained or do we say programmed now to punch holes, cut beams to length and even mark where stiffeners should seat. 
While AI is yet to venture into this field fully and a lot needs to be done, we can have robotic gas cutters that can think and cut beams using their engineering knowledge without prior programming. That would be simple because all the robot would contemplate is how long the material is, where it is going to fit on the building and how to make the final fabricated item reliable under a certain level of weight. 
Journalistic industry AI-powered News Presenters
In a paper recently released, researchers tested a robot news anchor by giving it a chance to present news on a stage. The robot did a 40% excellent job in relation to the set expectations. Well, that meant there is still a long way to go when it comes to robot journalist. So those of you taking journalism causes, don’t worry, crunch more books because your jobs are still secure from AI encroachment.
AI-Powered ATM Machines (Banking industry)
Another area that we’ve been using for quite a long time without the consciousness is this: have you used an ATM machine before, trust me you’ve said YES! Now, think, how did the machine identify you as the rightful owner of that account and went ahead to allow you to withdraw the cash? 
Well, you may say it because you gave it the password, but also remember that the machine was smart enough to ask for the password or PIN for that matter, for the first time.
Well, we can say it’s all about programming but for sure we can also say that the machine is definitely intelligent! 
However we are definitely looking forward to better AI-powered ATM’s, which will be trained to think on their own and scream when a thief is trying to break it, that is if Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, and other Cryptocurrencies in the industry will not have superseded the physical currency we’ve been using.

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