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  • Writer's pictureBurton Kelso, Tech Expert

How is AI Contributing to Our Digital World?

You may not know this, but AI has been impacting your life daily long before ChatGPT arrived on the scene in November of 2022. It doesn't matter if your digital life involves using your smartphones, surfing the internet, buying products online, using navigation, wasting time on social media, or listening to songs on your favorite video or music streaming service, AI has an impact on your choices in one way or another. Don’t believe me? Check out the following to help you get a better understanding of how AI has affected your digital life in negative and positive ways.

Any form of Smart Compose, Quick Reply, and Grammar Check. When you're using technology that is helping you create proper spelling and sentence structure, that's AI at work. Autocorrect can be accurate, but it can also cause issues. I couldn't compose my weekly blog without autocorrect and I'm sure many of you are in the same boat. That's AI at work scanning your work to make sure your spelling and sentences are correct based on the language you are using.

Your Social Media Feeds. The feeds that you see in your social media timeline are created by AI and yes, (YouTube is considered social media). It manages to do this through a complex set of algorithms that analyze your past behavior, your web searches, and who you interact with. It then uses all this information to tailor your social media experience just for you. The sole purpose of AI is to create an experience so addictive that you come back to your social media accounts over and over again. It's AI that helps bring the same people back to you only showing you people you interact with rather than your whole list of connections. Also, it's AI that plays a role when you violate community services.

TV and Movie Streaming Services. Another great example of how AI impacts our lives is TV and movie streaming services like Netflix which you use daily. Doesn't matter what service you are using, AI is making the choices for you bringing you shows that it feels you want to see.

Music streaming services. By studying all your data and behavior, your favorite music streaming service knows exactly what you listen to. So, next time you are hitting play on a recommended song on Spotify, or Pandora or listening to a pre-created playlist on any of the music streaming services, remember that AI is playing a big role in that.

Fall Detection and Car Crash Detection. Newer Apple Watches come with Fall Detection, a feature that alerts family members and emergency responders when it senses you had a hard fall. It uses data from the accelerometer and gyroscope to sense the fall and uses AI algorithms to accurately sense a hard fall. Similarly, Google and Apple iPhones now come with Car Crash Detection. If the phone senses a car crash, it sends the location to your chosen contacts and also sends an alert to the response team.

Smart home hubs and assistance like Siri and Google. Smart Home devices like Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Apple Homepod series are probably the most overt examples of the use of artificial intelligence in our lives. For example, when you are using a smart assistant, whether it’s Google Assistant, Alexa, or Siri, you should know that these assistants are based on AI. Helping you find the answers you're looking for as well as helping you control elements of your home such as managing heat/AC as well as monitoring your home with camera surveillance, controlling lights, and other features of your home.

AI Image and Text Generators. Features like OCR (optical character recognition) scanning can convert real word objects to text, and AI image generators like Midjourney are amazingly excellent at coming up with vivid and beautiful images.

Self-Driving Vehicles. Just a few years back, using a fully automatic car was a dream, now companies like Tesla have made so much progress that we already have a fleet of semi-automatic cars on the road. Did you know that all the Tesla cars are interconnected and the things that your car learns are shared across all the cars? This means, if you had to take an unanticipated hard left on a cross-road, all the Tesla cars will know how to maneuver that turn after they are updated.

Video Games. Did you know the video game industry is one of the earliest adopters of AI? The integration started very small with the use of AI to generate random levels that people can play. When you are playing a game, you essentially start against a couple of AI-powered bots. Even when you are playing a single-person story mode game, you are playing against AI bosses. If you are playing racing games, you are racing against AI bots.

Navigation and Travel. From your daily commutes to your big trips, AI is everywhere. Do you know that whether you are using Google or Apple Maps for navigating, calling an Uber, or booking a flight ticket, you are using AI? Both Google and Apple along with other navigation services use artificial intelligence to interpret hundreds of thousands of data points that they receive to give you real-time traffic data. When you are calling an Uber, both the pricing and the car that matches your ride request are decided by AI. As you can see, AI plays a significant role in how we reach point A to point B.

Facial Recognition. Did you realize that the technology you use to unlock your phones also piggybacks off AI? Yes, facial recognition is yet another technology that is a good example of artificial intelligence. As times have changed, unlocking methods have gotten advanced.

Charging the batteries on your devices. Did you know that something as simple as charging your phone, tablet, or laptop uses AI? It will surprise you even further to know that has been the case for a long time now. If you're unaware, adaptive battery refers to the feature that allows your devices to charge only when they need to be charged.

Hopefully, this will give you a little peace of mind letting you know how AI has affected your digital world and that in its current form, and how it isn't here to take over the planet. If you need support or have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me for help.

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