Artificial Intelligence (AI) is apart of our daily lives at home, in the office, classrooms, and even grocery stores now. AI allows for machines to interpret data and utilize the given knowledge to adapt and achieve specific goals within the world to help our society progress. I can’t help but wonder though, is there such a thing as going too far with AI?
Due to the coronavirus impact on businesses, companies are in a financially vulnerable position, and will be recovering for the next few years. Thankfully, AI technology can be utilized to ensure smarter decision making in the future. This includes workforce planning — i.e. the demand for talent, business efficiency plans and predictive analysis of operations needed for the future.
The Development of AI within Business
I accepted an exciting internship with an Artificial Intelligence startup as a DevOps Engineer & Product Manager! This new venture serves a purpose for small/medium size businesses looking to connect with their customers via all forms of communication on one platform — from telephone, to sms, email, and social media. Business owners can employ customer service agents knowing Connexa will assist with delivering top quality service to their clients.
I’ve listed examples of companies that have implemented AI into their products, resulting in improved customer experience, operations, and sales market with generating revenue.
🗣 Smart assistants such as; Siri, Alexa and Google Home
🎬 Personalized recommendations on services like Netflix and Amazon based on your selections
🍽 Grocery delivery services providing customized meal preparation based on your meal plan, diet, eating habits: HelloFresh, Blue Apron, etc.
“The first home gym that comes with a premium weight set and helps you perfect your technique with AI guidance.” -Tempo
AI Engineer Job Opportunities
AI is a rapidly growing field, and the demand for AI Engineers will become a job in demand. Individuals will be needed to build models using Machine Learning algorithms and Deep Neutral Networks to draw business insights, while having an understanding of programming and data science.
Responsibilities of such would include:
- Developing, testing and deploying AI models
- Converting machine learning models into APIs to ensure other applications can utilize it
- Assisting product managers and stakeholders to understand results when AI models are built from scratch
- Setting up and managing AI development and production infrastructure
Saving Lives in the Medical Field
The vast amount of data being captured and made available digitally into the medical field allows professionals to have a deeper understanding on information about their patients. Doctors are able to analyze early stages of physical and mental problems to prevent it from happening, or getting worse.
The da Vinci robot is an incredible example that was designed to facilitate complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach, reducing the length of surgeries and subsequently hospital stays.
PhD Student, Pranav Rajpurkar is studying AI Medicine at Stanford and has made it his mission to utilize AI in X-rays. The implementation of developing a model to scan for pneumonia and other diseases within the body, a task that’s usually done by radiologists. What does this mean for future aspiring radiologists? The demand for such jobs will decrease!
Risks associated with Artificial Intelligence
Like all thing in life, where there are advantages to opportunities — the possiblities of risks lurks in the shadows. For AI, there are numeorous factors to consider when implementing AI into your business. I’ve listed some below;
- Automation technology development leading to a job loss increase
- Society becoming too technological dependent
- Existential risk from super-intelligence
- Addressing algorithmic bias originating from human bias in the data
- Unintended consequences of goals and decisions
- The effect of machine interaction on human behavior and attention
Most individuals feel as though we’re giving up the control of our lives to a non conscious entity, soon to become conscious. What are your thoughts on this?