With every new year comes new predictions for what may lie ahead.
This is nothing different in the world of technology.
Yet, this year the conversation has shifted towards how new trends in technology will transform how we do our job and live our lives at a pace, and scale – never seen before. We are witnessing tremendous growth in artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) along with many noticeable developments in industries like retail and everyday usage of chatbots.
Here are seven ways that Ai is changing our day to day lives.
- Artificial intelligence can automate basic activities in education, like grading.
In college, grading homework and tests for large lecture courses can be tedious work, even when TAs split it between them. Even in lower grades, teachers often find that grading takes up a significant amount of time, time that could be used to interact with students, prepare for class, or work on professional development. While AI may not ever be able to truly replace human grading, it’s getting pretty close. It’s now possible for teachers to automate grading for nearly all kinds of multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank testing and automated grading of student writing may not be far behind. Today, essay-grading software is still in its infancy and not quite up to par, yet it can (and will) improve over the coming years, allowing teachers to focus more on in-class activities and student interaction than grading.
- Writing Movies
We all like to watch movies about AI and Sci Fi but we never imagined that AI will write a movie.
Annalee Newitz at Ars Technica introduced us to the short film Sunspring. It sounds like your typical sci-fi B-movie, complete with an incoherent plot,” Newitz writes. “Except Sunspring isn’t the product of Hollywood hacks — it was written entirely by an AI. To be specific, it was authored by a recurrent neural network called long short-term memory, or LSTM for short. At least, that’s what we’d call it. The AI named itself Benjamin.”
- Writing Music
Maybe the most awesome piece of art AI has created is a Beatles-esque pop song, which Electronic Beats shared back in September. The song, “Daddy’s Car,” was created using technology built by the team at Flow Machines, and it is a radio-worthy piece of music, complete with psychedelic-sounding lyrics (pop music is more forgiving of AI’s linguistic limitations than a movie script is) and rich melodies.
- Helping attorneys
Yes, it’s helping attorneys understand bankruptcy case law
Cecille De Jesus at Futurism reports that Baker & Hostetler, a law firm with offices throughout the US, has “hired” a lawyer that was built by IBM researchers. That particular lawyer, a bot named ROSS, was brought on to assist the firm’s human lawyers with bankruptcy cases.
“You ask your questions in plain English, as you would a colleague, and ROSS then reads through the entire body of law and returns a cited answer and topical readings from legislation, case law and secondary sources to get you up-to-speed quickly,” De Jesus quotes ROSS’s developers. “In addition, ROSS monitors the law around the clock to notify you of new court decisions that can affect your case.”
- AI-driven programs can give students and educators helpful feedback.
AI can not only help teachers and students to craft courses that are customized to their needs, but it can also provide feedback to both about the success of the course as a whole. Some schools, especially those with online offerings, are using AI systems to monitor student progress and to alert professors when there might be an issue with student performance. These kinds of AI systems allow students to get the support they need and for professors to find areas where they can improve instruction for students who may struggle with the subject matter. AI programs at these schools aren’t just offering advice on individual courses, however. Some are working to develop systems that can help students to choose majors based on areas where they succeed and struggle. While students don’t have to take the advice, it could mark a brave new world of college major selection for future students.
- Helping travelers
Dutch airline KLM tested out a navigational robot named SPENCER, who stands as tall as an adult and greeted passengers in the terminal, even offering assistance if those passengers needed help getting to their gates.
“We are excited to have realized and present SPENCER which is the first socially-aware robot that has ever been deployed at an airport,” Kai Arras, who coordinated the SPENCER project, told KLM.
“What makes SPENCER unique is that it can deal with social situations between people. It can ’see’ and analyze people nearby with its sensors. It reasons about possible social relations between people like whether they are a family or group. It also learns about and then complies to social rules and acts in a human-friendly way.”
- It could change the role of teachers.
There will always be a role for teachers in education, but what that role is and what it entails may change due to new technology in the form of intelligent computing systems. As we’ve already discussed, AI can take over tasks like grading, can help students improve learning, and may even be a substitute for real-world tutoring. Yet AI could be adapted to many other aspects of teaching as well. AI systems could be programmed to provide expertise, serving as a place for students to ask questions and find information or could even potentially take the place of teachers for very basic course materials. In most cases, however, AI will shift the role of the teacher to that of facilitator. Teachers will supplement AI lessons, assist students who are struggling, and provide human interaction and hands-on experiences for students. In many ways, technology is already driving some of these changes in the classroom, especially in schools that are online or embrace the flipped classroom model.
This are only some of the examples how AI is changing everyday life. Soon, it will be very realistic tour pizza to be ordered through a bot and delivered by robot. Future is here and is changing sooner than we think.
Posted by Maya S.