artificial intelligence

Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are developing fast. In 2018, various prototype technologies became realities. A look around our homes and workplaces reveal some subtle (and not so subtle) changes. Voice activated appliances and driverless cars are just two examples of this.

The business world is increasingly adopting artificial intelligence to streamline processes and boost efficiency. Therefore, failure to ensure all staff are trained and prepared to adopt AI developments could lead to businesses falling behind.

What are the latest trends in AI?

It was recently reported that Microsoft are backing an Elon Musk venture to mimic the human brain’s behaviour using computers. The project is hoping to create artificial intelligence which will surpass the thinking power of humans.

Not all advancements are quite so dramatic, but even subtler AI developments could bring substantial benefits to the modern world:

  • AI in healthcare: The ability to have machines learn by reinforcement could impact treatment of common illnesses. For example, deep learning could be used to create virtual nursing assistants. Robotic surgery, diagnostics and interactive treatment plans become possible when healthcare adopts AI.
  • Facial recognition: This technology presents huge benefits as well as complex ethical and legal issues. It was recently reported that the EU is planning regulations to alleviate some of the risks associated with AI and facial recognition. Benefits include improved security and lower crime rates. The potential for misuse, however,  is a challenge for legislators and businesses. As facial recognition software becomes more popular, businesses must take steps to capitalise on the benefits whilst safeguarding against the risks.
  • Robotics: Machines carrying out repetitive manufacturing tasks are nothing new. What is new is the way machines can learn and respond within their environment. Developments include robots that can change their state in reaction to alterations to light, heat or noise.
  • Large scale security: Facial recognition is not the only artificial intelligence being used for security purposes. Systems which can learn and differentiate between objects are increasingly improving security operations in large venues and airports. AI is assisting metal detection in airports and scanning visitors’ bag contents at sporting venues.

Ethics and artificial intelligence.

AI applications are increasingly mimicking human behaviour. With AI accessing our personal worlds, the ethics behind some of the technologies are being questioned.

Authorities and AI development organisations are being pressured to address ethical issues. The IEEE Standards Association are pushing for regulatory policies to be in place. They say that training and education of all involved is essential for keeping AI in safe hands.

Research from Cambridge University backs this up. The risks of accidents from ill-informed use of artificial intelligence, as well as the security risks of the misuse of super intelligence, are high.

Looking ahead to an AI future

Keeping up to date with the rapidly advancing world of artificial intelligence is essential if you want to be ahead in business. Visit our Intelligence Centre for the very latest news of developments in the world of AI, or contact us for a free security or IT management consultation.