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Six Ways AI Improves Daily Life

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Artificial intelligence (AI) technology and machine learning are increasingly being used to analyze human behavior so that apps can predict what users want and when they want it. These apps make activities like ordering groceries, watching movies, and listening to music easier.


Here are some examples of how AI improves daily living:


1. Home security


If you want cutting-edge home security, consider AI-integrated alarm and camera systems. These systems utilize machine learning and facial recognition software to create a catalog of frequent visitors to your home. This allows the system to identify strangers instantly. AI-powered security is an initial step toward home automation, which offers many other useful features, such as notifying you the moment children arrive home from school or tracking the movements of pets. These systems can even notify emergency services autonomously, which makes them a great alternative to other similar subscription-based services.


2. Digital media


Machine learning has vast potential in the entertainment industry, and it is already used in streaming services like Netflix, Google Play, and Amazon Prime. These sites employ algorithms that act like neural networks to eradicate low-quality playback and buffering, offering you top quality from your internet service provider. Algorithms that are powered by AI also assist in media production. News stories are already being produced by AI algorithms to increase efficiency. For instance, “Shelley” (named after Frankenstein author Mary Shelley) is an MIT-developed AI project that helps Twitter users create horror stories, as well as a wealth of user-generated fiction, using deep learning algorithms.


3. Self-driving cars


AI technology is hastening the development of self-driving cars. In fact, according to research by Google, AI-powered cars already surpass human drivers when it comes to safety, as AI allows self-driving cars to adapt immediately to changing conditions and learn from new situations. Currently, most car manufacturers are looking to integrate AI technology in future product offerings.


4. Ride-sharing apps


Ride-sharing services like Uber employ AI to determine the time needed to transport users to their desired locations. The technology lets users know details such as when their driver will arrive, when they will arrive at their destination, and how long it will take for food to be delivered. Uber also uses AI to set prices depending on what they think you are willing to pay. According to The Independent, Uber also uses AI to determine if a rider is drunk before a driver accepts a pickup. It does this by analyzing and comparing factors like walking speed and typing patterns.


5. Fraud prevention


Banks are using AI to send mobile notifications to help detect fraud. For instance, if an unusually large transaction is posted to your account, you might receive a warning notification on your phone, or if purchases occur in a location far from your home, your account might be flagged and you may be asked to confirm the purchases. AI enables such warnings by analyzing your typical daily transactions to identify unusual patterns in your spending behavior.


6. Music recommendations


Music streaming services use AI to assess your listening habits. The software uses the data to recommend other songs you might like. For instance, Spotify provides recommendations for new releases, old favorites, and new discoveries, depending on your listening behavior. Google Play also offers customized music recommendations, using the power of AI to consider factors such as time and weather to provide music that can create the proper mood.


From ride-sharing to home security to fraud prevention, AI is making life easier and safer. It is poised to transform many other aspects of everyday life in the future.


This article originally appeared on Digitalist Magazine Online.

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