AI Software Is Using You to Become Smarter and Change Society

Author: PeopleFinders on October 8th, 2018
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The majority of people use AI software in their day-to-day lives. Whether you have Cortana installed on your computer, you use Siri on your iPhone, or you have your Google Home sitting on a shelf in the living room, AI software has helped plenty of people change the way they accomplish daily tasks. However, many people don’t understand exactly how AI software uses information and actions to improve itself. Here’s the rundown on the way your AI software helps you while helping itself.

How does artificial intelligence learn?

One of the things that the public has a hard time understanding is the concept of artificial intelligence being able to teach itself. It brings to mind images of Terminator and HAL 9000, and the ’90s fear of robots taking over the world. However, the truth is much simpler. In essence, artificial intelligence systems learn by taking in huge amounts of data and then parsing that data via a coded process. For example, a machine trained to recognize objects is fed hundreds of thousands of pictures of certain objects, which will help it notice patterns and be able to see them in other pictures.

Artificial intelligence systems learn much as humans do, except that the programming languages and expertise that currently exist are very simple compared to the human brain. As more data is fed to AI systems, they’ll be more able to understand you in the future. What you’re doing, just by using these devices every day, is feeding them data.

How does artificial intelligence understand language?

One of the most complicated parts of AI software is helping it to understand language. It’s more difficult than image recognition and even some other incredible AI feats, such as playing games and responding to simple questions. One of the biggest challenges facing AI software that’s trying to adapt to language is the fact that language is compositional; modifying a sentence, even while using the same words, can create radically different meanings. AI software isn’t quite equipped to handle that yet.

However, it’s using your input to start figuring out language. The more people that ask for complicated things using Siri, Alexa, Cortana, and Google Home, the more these voice assistants are going to be able to start storing patterns. After all, language is just a pattern. The issue is that it’s a very complicated pattern, which AI software isn’t yet equipped to follow. When you talk to an AI, it’s starting the process of tracking that pattern, and the more you do it, the more it can learn. So go ahead, talk to Siri a little bit more. Even if it makes mistakes, it’s going to be better equipped to handle them in the future.

What are tech companies doing to push artificial intelligence even further?

In the competitive technological market of today, artificial intelligence is a huge talking point. Technology companies are constantly competing against each other to have the most efficient AI, the friendliest AI, and the most knowledgeable AI. Technological advances are happening faster and faster, and as technology languages evolve, so will artificial intelligence.

Even with the most advanced languages and coding available, however, artificial intelligence is nothing without data to process. That’s why the world’s biggest artificial intelligence systems such as Google Home, Alexa, Cortana, and Siri all use the data you give them to improve. For example, Microsoft has a “chit chat” system built into Cortana that’s meant to entice users to have conversations with it, thereby giving her more information to work off in future interactions. Siri has an option to let you correct it on pronunciation errors, so it understands better how to pronounce other words. When it comes to using your data, artificial intelligence just draws on your organic interactions to help it in the future.

Conclusion

Artificial intelligence systems are becoming smarter by the day, and a large part of that is due to continual interaction with humans just like you. However, although artificial intelligence can do quite a bit, you still can’t find information on people by artificial intelligence alone. That’s why there’s PeopleFinders. With PeopleFinders, you can do a background check just by providing a name and location, find out who’s calling you by inputting the phone number, and do much more. It’s just as easy and fast as using an artificial intelligence, and it just takes a few extra clicks.

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