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10 surprising things that rely on artificial intelligence

Examples of AI we encounter every day

Artificial intelligence () has transformed many aspects of our lives for the better. It even played a role in developing vaccines against COVID-19. But you may be surprised just how many things we take for granted that rely on .

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As IBM explain, “at its simplest form, is a field, which combines computer science and robust datasets to enable problem-solving.” It includes the sub-fields of and . These two fields use algorithms that are designed to make predictions or classifications based on input data.

Of course, as technology becomes more sophisticated, literally millions of decisions need to be made every day and speeds things up and takes the burden off humans. The World Economic Forum describes as a key driver of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The Forum’s platform, Shaping the Future of Technology Governance: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, is bringing together key stakeholders to design and test policy frameworks that accelerate the benefits and mitigate the risks of and .

Here are 10 examples of we encounter every day.

1. Emails

Your email provider almost certainly uses algorithms to filter mail into your spam folder. Quite helpful when you consider that 77% of global email traffic is spam. Google says less than 0.1% of spam makes it past its -powered filters.

Email marketers use to track who opens mail when, and how they respondGoogle’s tools read documents in storage in order to present the most relevant material to users.

But there are concerns that algorithms that read content to target advertising are invading our privacy.

2. Phones

automates a host of functions on your smartphone, from predictive text that learns the words you commonly use to voice-activated personal assistants which listen to the world around them and try to learn your keywords.

The way your phone screen adjusts to ambient light or the battery life is optimized is also down to . But if the personal assistant absorbs everything you say, whether you’re on the phone or not, some critics say it creates opportunities for surveillance, however benign the intention. […] 

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