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Artificial intelligence and bots

Tuesday, May 31, 2016    

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IF you were to mention artificial intelligence (AI) or bots in a conversation about science with the average person, they would consider these to be more science fiction than accepted science.

The average person would be painfully wrong, as these concepts have seen measured success in the past half-century. However, their expected impact on our lives has not met the demands of the general public who envision more than it is capable of just yet, but the science in support of it grows each day.

Artificial intelligence by the cinematic definition is a complete conscious entity unnaturally created through science. Similarly, bots are defined in public opinion by characters such as the Nanny robot in the cartoon The Jetsons.

Fundamentally, AI is the creation of a programme or machine that can exhibit a cognitive function or effectively think for itself. Bots are actually software that can be used to programme specific tasks to be done using endless application methods.


Before we step forward, a quick visit to the past can also explain the timing of past failures and current breakthroughs.

In the past, developers of the earliest prototypes in bots and AI had limitations such as storage capacity and source data as major challenges. Both problems are interlinked in that, had the data been available, the applications storage would not have had the necessary capacity to facilitate it.

In terms of the data the social sciences would come to have a significant role to play in defining parameters for coding that would support AI in its being-like functions and bots in their pursuit of versatile service. In this, technology learned how to learn from us and what to look for when interacting with humans.

Overcoming these obstacles led to realistic breakthroughs in developing these life-changing products.

Today, and in the near future, we have come to more realistic applications. The AI and bot technology we saw in the Will Smith movie I ROBOT is not close enough to mention. However, together and individually, we are already using some of the first yield of the technology. The software supporting Cortana from Windows and Siri from IOs is another development stage in artificial intelligence. The learning technology used in the Google search engine is also a current application of breakthroughs in this tech.

Bots in use now are software applications that run specific tasks over the Internet or network and can be used in an isolated function. There are bots in messaging apps that enable the computer to decipher language and converse with a human. Customer service software can use similar bots to handle specific requests that would normally be handled by a human phone operator.

Taco Bell has a system that allows you to order, track and pay for orders through an automated chat conversation.

In the very near future, bots will find, sort, and tag articles for your enjoyment based on your known preferences and interests. Social media will soon be tailored to understand you and work in sync with your routine to keep you as informed and exposed as you want to be, all with the simplest of commands and sometimes without any at all.

Google will soon launch an AI tool that will help you schedule fun time with your work and life calendar in mind. It will utilise initial data to suggest spontaneous activities to do and it will adapt and learn from direct feedback. It will become the friend that knows you and reminds you to play as hard as you work.

The current applications are endless, and the tech has so much more to uncover in years to come. For now, the breakthroughs that have brought artificial intelligence and bot technology to our everyday lives will do very well. They can be used to increase efficiency and accuracy of work and personal needs for our generation.

The more we use it, the more we contribute to the development of the tech in the future.

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