AI: From Fiction to Reality
Tue, April 20, 2021

AI: From Fiction to Reality

AI is implemented in smartphones and is also used to create works of art / Photo Credit: k_yu (via Shutterstock)


AI was more likely to be perceived as part of dystopian science fiction in 2010, according to Rachel Metz of CNN Business, a financial news website. AI was not even something to be concerned about when it came to jobs back then. However, a lot has changed in the field of AI. Now, it is being widely used, from analyzing your personality during job interviews to allowing you to purchase your meals without needing to pay with cash. Of course, it is also used for nefarious purposes such as spreading deepfake videos and misinformation.

AI came to invade our lives due to technological advancements and cheaper access to more powerful computers, creating a profound impact on society as a whole in the last decade. 

Are you aware that AI is present in smartphones? This can be in a form of facial-recognition software for unlocking the device and popular apps like Google Maps. More companies such as Apple and Google are attempting to run AI on handsets to enable activities such as speech recognition to be performed on your phone rather than on a remote computer. This helps translate words from one language to another faster and preserve data privacy. For example, Google’s Recorder, a transcription app, can record and transcribe in real-time. The app knows what you’re saying and can even identify sounds such as music and applause. Google said this was difficult to accomplish since several pieces of AI must work without draining the phone’s battery or consuming too much of its main processor. 

In 2004, Facebook was more focused on connecting people. Now, it connects you with people through AI. AI became a significant asset of the company to the point that Facebook’s chief AI scientist Yann LeCun said the social media firm would be “dust” without the help of deep learning. After years of investing in deep learning, the giant social media platform currently underpins everything from the ads you see and how your friends are automatically tagged in photos. Instagram, Twitter, and others are also leveraging AI to deliver their services. 

AI is also used to create art, which can help rake in big money. AI-generated art gained traction in 2018 when “Edmond de Belamy” became the first artwork produced by a machine to be sold at an auction.