As the new decade begins we enter in new discoveries, technology and new way of living. Artificial Intelligence, more commonly known as A.I., is no longer a figment of our imagination. In fact, Artificial Intelligence is being used with increasing frequency and application. Artificial Intelligence is intelligence demonstrated by machines, in contrast to the natural intelligence shown by humans. Artificial Intelligence is helping humans, animals, and life as we know it. It also makes everyday things less difficult.
People are using A.I. to not only preserve the world, but change it for the better. One example of this is the change from using cameras equipped with motion and heat sensors to gain information and protect snow leopards from poaching, mining, climate change and other threats to using A.I. In the past when using these cameras, there were many problems. The cameras would capture the wrong animals and take 200,000 to 300,000 photos that would take hours to go through. In this last decade Microsoft A.I. has made a solution accelerating the process, with a machine learning model that can identify snow leopards and automatically classify hundreds of thousands of photos in a matter of minutes. This research and A.I. can help endangered species from becoming extinct heading into a new decade.
Another way A.I. is helping to better our lives is with wildfires; as we know wildfires have been a constant problem, occurring in not only California but nation and worldwide. Descartes Labs has been working with Artificial Intelligence that can now pinpoint wildfires within minutes using satellite imagery. A.I. will scan images from 2 weather satellites to check for thermal changes of heat or presence of smoke. Although it still has its faults and needs some improvements, it is already making a great impact in California alone. Soon it might be able to prevent devastating tragedies such as the Australia one.
A.I. not only helps wildlife but it also helps us humans in many ways, one example of this is, A.I. helping to eradicate preventable blindness and increase access to eyecare services in places where most people do not have the same access to health care as the U.S. does. This A.I. is able to quickly diagnose those with retinal diseases and in the future it will be able to assist doctors with diagnosis’ which will be significant in places like India. By preventing blindness and detecting diseases it also helps us find other things like diabetes.
A.I. is also helping with one of the world’s biggest problems, feeding the world; more specifically feeding the world without wrecking the planet. Every year farmers have to risk their livelihood when something they can not control like weather can ruin their crops. Sensors in the company’s end-to-end solution measure 12 important factors including soil moisture, leaf wetness, light, wind and rain. Using Microsoft A.I., The Yield applies advanced analytics and predictive modeling to create a 7-day weather forecast for a farmer’s specific microclimate. An intuitive mobile application helps farmers use the forecast to determine how, when, and where best to plant, irrigate, protect, feed and harvest their crops. This makes their job easier and giving them a sense of certainty. This technology is being worked on to help oyster farmers and others.
This is only a small part of the future of technology and A.I. As you can see, A.I. is able to help us in many different ways. This is all technology from the past decade that have and will be worked on to create a better future. As we continue onto the future prepare to see more of Artificial Intelligence that persist to help us in all areas of humanity and civilization. Artificial intelligence has quickly aided us with many of life’s seemingly unsolvable problems, A.I. undoubtedly has a bright future and is solidified as a technological breakthrough that is here to stay in these upcoming years.