We usually watch news, theories and films about artificial intelligence, which present us a vision of what the future with this technology could be, some of these being positive and others negative. However, we could stop to think about what we already have today and realize how AI is already present in our daily lives.
We use artificial intelligence in many places, even if we don’t realize it. From social networks that are full of this technology, while we communicate with our friends, when we look for information on the internet or when buying things online. Whether at work, school or at home, we are already surrounded by AI, which although it is not yet like the movies project it, it has been increasing rapidly in recent years.
Let’s enter then in a common day of a person living in the city to see when and how is this technology used during the day.
The day begins with the application of an intelligent alarm (such as Sleep Cycle), which thanks to certain data previously collected about your way of sleeping, makes the decision to wake you up at a certain time where you know that you have rested enough and that you have not entered the next sleep cycle.
Before you go to take a shower and have breakfast, you check your social networks, where you already have publications and news that are likely to interest you most, as well as some product ads that might caught your eye based on your activity in recent days.
Facebook uses your information to show you personalized advertising according to your age, gender, interests. On Instagram’s case, computational vision is used which learns from your likes in posts, categorizing them according to the content and being able to recommend other publications with similar photos.
After reviewing your social networks, you play some background music while getting ready to go to school or work. You open Spotify, and see that you have playlists created specifically for you, as well as songs that you might like. Spotify knows what you like thanks to the hours of music in which you have been using the platform. This way they know if you like pop, rock, indie or reggaeton. Thanks to this system, you have surely found artists and music that you would never have discovered otherwise.
While having breakfast you open YouTube, there is always something new to see on this platform that, over the years, has replaced television for a large number of people. Upon entering, you see on the main page recommended videos, which are there based on your history of viewed videos, pages browsed, among other sources of information. After clicking play to a video, you have the automatic playback feature, so you can see another video related to the one you are watching at the moment just when it ends. YouTube also uses AI to classify the video according to its title, description and content, block certain videos according to the filters set up from each user and delete some that were automatically classified as inappropriate.
When you are watching a video, you have a doubt about a topic that was discussed in it, so you decide to go to Google and search about it. At the same time you are writing a couple of words, Google AI predicts what you want to look for and get you options to autocomplete what you are writing. Search predictions are based on data that Google collects about you, such as your location, age and other personal details so that the system can guess what you are trying to find.
When you arrive at work or school, you check your email because somebody told you they sent you an important email. When you don’t see it in the inbox, you go to the spam section and realized that the email was automatically sent to that section. Gmail uses AI filters to ensure the emails that arrive in your tray. They categorize them in Primary, Social, Promotions and Spam. Google has stated that these filters prevent more than 99% of spam from reaching your inbox. Another feature the use are the intelligent responses, which offer a simple way to respond to emails, suggesting responses such as “Thank you”, “Good morning”, among others.
In the afternoon you meet up with some friends in a new place, but you don’t know how to get to get there, so you take out your phone to open Waze or Google Maps and find not only the way to get to the place, but the route to arrive faster. These applications calculate the usual traffic and constructions to find the most efficient way to reach your destination.
Arriving with your friends, and after having fun for a while, you use Instagram to take some selfies with special filters. AI has managed to use filters in real-time videos, to add fun features such as replacing faces, putting lights or adding hats or artificial lenses.
During the conversation, someone mention a movie that has just been released and you want to know Cinepolis schedules and promotions to watch it on the weekend. You go to Cinepolis Facebook Messenger, where they have a chatbot that automatically answers the questions you have about their services, without the need for someone to be behind that chat to answer the thousands of questions that can recieve in a week.
At the end of the day, you decide to upload your photos to Facebook, the system automatically recognizes your friends’ faces and suggests you tag them before finishing your post.
Artificial Intelligence has made our day to day more efficient, by creating programs and services that help us with things that we now see as trivial, such as talking with our friends, sending important emails or finding the fastest route to some place. Here, we have mentioned very few examples of what we already use normally, and this technology is increasing very rapidly. It is important to imagine what awaits us in the future and prepare for the systems that, although it now seems very distant or impossible, could later be seen as trivial in the same way we see what we use today.
About the author
Mauricio Mendez Ruiz is a software developer at Definity First.