There is little doubt that AI or artificial intelligence is a technology that is transforming everything. There is so much that AI is changing, it is hard to guess the effects it will have in the next decade or two. That said, AI already is being used in innovative ways in many industries that are changing how things are being done. Below are some of the fascinating applications of AI that have occurred in the last few years. (Martechseries.com)
#1 Constructing Robot Bees to Pollinate Crops
Bees perform a vital ecological function, in particular for farmers who need pollination to germinate crops. As the bee population has been dropping in recent years, scientists are studying ways to imitate the vital work that bees perform. One solution they are working on is to create AI or robotic bees. These robots have tiny cameras, GPS and AI. This combination of software and hardware allows these tiny robots to find where crops are located and pollinate them as needed.
It is unclear at this time whether any company has actually developed robot bees yet, Walmart recently filed a patent application for methods and systems to pollinate crops with unmanned vehicles. (Businessinsider.com)
#2 Using Machine Learning and Sensors to Watch Crops and Predict Yields
It could be a few years before we see robotic bees pollinating crops, but some farmers are already using AI to boost productivity and yields. For instance, startup company PEAT is utilizing recognition technology to find any pests, plant diseases, or deficiencies in nutrients in the yield of a farmer. Farmers can easily upload photos to an app, whose algorithm analyzes the picture and shows detailed information on the crop and its possible disease. Also, farmers can select to put their crops under regular video surveillance to check for any diseases or other problems that could occur.
#3 Brew Beer That Tastes Better
Who isn’t interested in beer that tastes better? There are signs that AI can make for a better-tasting brew. The startup IntelligentX recently released four beers each with various profiles, such as black, golden, amber and pale. The idea is for beer customers to provide detailed feedback to a bot on Messenger. The feedback is sent to the brewer and used to enhance the recipe. By collecting this data, IntelligentX hopes to pinpoint trends early on. This will, in turn, affect the beers that the company will make in the future. Artificial intelligence can be used to transform the recipe over months and years to better adapt to changing consumer tastes.
#4 Writing Better Songs
It could be that the next big song you hear on the radio could be a product of artificial intelligence. As a matter of fact, it was already done! In 2017, Alex Da Kid’s song ‘Not Easy,’ performed with Ellie King, X Ambassadors, and Wiz Khalifa, rose on the Billboard and iTunes charts. While the song was being written, Alex Da Kid used Watson by IBM to review hit songs over the last five years and other important media content that could give him a better idea of the emotional temperature of the era so he could get his creative juices going.
After compiling all of this information to come up with a theme for the song, he then used Watson BEAT, a special algorithm that features machine learning to make various musical suggestions. This helped him to come up with a catchy sound for the song. While much of the work still has to be done by the songwriter, we can expect to see more artists using the vast analytical abilities of AI to target musical trends.
#5 Seeing Patient’s Health Worsening Before a Major Event Happens
AI has amazing predictive abilities. But rather than using it to determine if a song will make an artist a lot of money, or making an advertisement succeed, some healthcare companies are using it to make life-and-death impacts. Some companies are using AI to analyze the health data of patients to predict if a person is at risk of a serious medical problem, and then be able to stop it from occurring.
Healthcare startup Biofourmis can take information from a sensor that a patient wears and various sources to create unique biomarkers for each person that are monitored in real-time. If there is any change in the markers, this may be a sign that a serious health problem is about to happen. In this scenario, the AI is present in the sensors but also in the underlying technology that allows the company to decide what doctors and patients should be watching for.
#6 Improve Restaurant Customer Experience
AI has played a vital role already in boosting various features in customer experience software that is used by restaurants and hotels. Also, AI has been used to watch customer behavior and give an idea to eateries what has an influence on a customer positively or negatively. This has helped many restaurants to create a more positive image in the minds of many customers. (Martechseries.com)
AI in the restaurant business can also make it more convenient for managers to devise solutions that boost the consumer experience. Whether AI is used to analyze customer feedback or to come up with reports, restaurants are benefiting from using AI to enhance the customer experience.
#7 Reducing Restaurant Costs in Purchasing and Managing Inventories Effectively
Restaurants that use AI in their point of service systems are able to cut down costs with the analysis of analytical data that is accumulated by the system. It tells the management about which items are used the most and least in their inventory. Tracking and ordering products based on usage prevent items from being over-ordered or underutilized. This smart use of technology also prevents items from being kept beyond their expiration date.
AI has become firmly established in many types of industries today to help improve the customer experience and to help companies improve profits and become more streamlined. Where will AI take us in another 10 years? We will have to stay tuned in to see.