Technology is ever-changing, and sometimes it can be hard to keep up with what’s happening in real time.
This is certainly proving true with artificial intelligence, which has improved by leaps and bounds in the last decade, but which does not produce too many clear, practical applications. Much of what we heard about regarding AI is still focused either on the near future, or on sweeping changes in industries, or in areas otherwise invisible to everyday people.
With that said though, there are some more day-to-day applications of the technology, either already in place or just around the corner, that are essentially hiding in plain sight. We’ve touched on a few of these below.
Pandora-like, taste-based music finders have been around for years, but with improved AI they can and will up their strength. The tech industry is all about finding the best digital solutions for problems, and in this case if the problem is that existing applications simply don’t help everyone find new music, AI could magnificently expand those apps’ (or new ones’) capability to do so. With voice interaction, AI can make it possible to discuss qualities of the music, from the chords and melody lines to how well vocalists harmonize. In theory, rather than simply hitting a thumbs-up or thumbs-down to indicate whether or not a song appealed, a listener could tell program why the music was or wasn’t appealing – essentially teaching the program in a more thorough and effective manner.
Digital poker doesn’t quite dominate the online casino space the way it used to. Countless arcade-like simulations of table games, and free digital slots out of Europe have essentially turned online casinos into a sprawling, dynamic genre within the gaming world. But advanced AI may have the potential to bring poker back to the forefront. We’ve already read about examples of AI programs defeating skilled humans at poker, which would seem to indicate a thrilling and competitive future for online video poker. If computer opponents become as tricky and interactive as human ones, we could be looking at a whole new online poker craze.
AI programs for athletes, at every level from youth to professional, could vastly improve training techniques, and potentially achieve remarkable results. These programs could interact with athletes, learn their routines, and recognized areas in need of improvement; they could be programmed by coaches or trainers to help athletes stick to schedules; and they could react to each little bit of progress made – or any setback for that matter. In short, it might not be long before we’re thinking of AI as a whole new form of coaching for athletes at all levels.
Psychological Treatments and AI
It’s always difficult to automate anything in medicine, because every patient has unique needs and the personal touch of a given doctor or therapist can make all the difference in any given situation. But artificial intelligence in medicine is already emerging, through a variety of different early applications. Broadly speaking, a sophisticated AI can analyze faster and more broadly than a human, which can mean considering different diagnoses, assessing treatment possibilities, tracking patient data, and who knows what else. It appears already that there are going to be numerous ways for AI to impact medical practice in a way that enhances – rather than interfering with – the work of doctors and therapists.
The potential for AI’s growth is essentially limitless, no matter what industry you think of. From gaming and entertainment to medicine and useful tools though, this type of technology is going to become more impactful in our day-to-day lives before too much longer.