Artificial intelligence is rapidly advancing and it’s changing the way that we interact with computers.
Whether it’s using our phone’s location services or speaking with online chatbots it’s clear that AI is here to stay and it’s only going to get more sophisticated.
Here we look at unusual artificial intelligence predictions for 2019 – while most of them are exciting, others are a little more troubling.
What is artificial intelligence?
Artificial intelligence (AI) is the development of computer systems that can perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence.
Visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages are all possible on computers through deep learning and natural language processing.
According to data website SAS, computers are trained to complete these specific tasks by processing large amounts of data and recognising patterns in this data.
It might all sound very futuristic but you’re probably using AI today.
If you have an iPhone then it’s already programmed to use AI and machine learning for features such as face ID, Siri, and location services.
So, what’s next?
Artificial intelligence for crime-busting
Artificial intelligence and the ethics surrounding it are increasingly coming under scrutiny but there are undoubtedly lots of ways it can transform our lives for the better.
According to the website, smart detection of fraud and money laundering are nothing new, but we’ll increasingly see automation make way for augmented intelligence.
It claims that “In 2019, crime-fighting AI will shift to spotting criminals, based on human networks evolving over time, rather than trying to spot one-off crimes.”
Artificial intelligence used for bad chatbots
A less optimistic prediction for artificial intelligence in 2019 comes from website Geekwire.
Anticipating the rise of, ‘bad chatbots,’ used for cybercrime, the website claims that, ‘this year an AI-driven chatbot will go rogue.’
It claims that this prediction comes from considering the quick evolution of AI technology combined with cybercriminals history of social engineering.
How will it work exactly?
The website predicts that a malicious hacker will install a fake text chatbot into a legitimate website to manipulate users into handing over their sensitive information, such as bank details.
According to Geekwire, many websites suffer from web application vulnerabilities that allow hackers to inject unwanted code.
You have been warned.
Artificial intelligence used in new areas of healthcare
Artificial intelligence within the healthcare sector isn’t new.
In 2018 we saw it used across various applications, from predictive analytics for management of chronic diseases to enhanced overall operational efficiency.
2019, however, brings with it an unusual prediction that we would never have guessed – artificial intelligence used for mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Speaking to Forbes, Jennifer Esposito, General Manager, Health & Life Sciences at Intel, waged that artificial intelligence combined with 5G and virtual reality will result in therapy that is, ‘more personalised and adaptive.’
Esposito predicts that the rise of voice and video alongside AI, will see patients treated outside the hospital – where ever they are, she says:
“Mental health and substance abuse treatment will be where we see early adoption. Clinicians that embrace AI as an augmenter or assistant, not as a threat of replacement or obsolescence, will be able to differentiate themselves both to their patients and their peers.”
Artificial intelligence used for locating 80% of missing people
Our final artificial intelligence prediction isn’t for 2019 and it’s rather speculative but it does raise an interesting point.
In its strategic predictions for 2019 and beyond, website Gartner, suggests that ‘by 2023, there will be an 80% reduction in missing people in mature markets compared to 2018, due to AI face recognition.
A bold claim, the website states that advances in AI over the coming years will see the rise of highly sophisticated facial recognition technology.
This new technology will be useful for identifying children who are lost and confused older people who are missing.
The website claims that while facial recognition is currently limited in terms of application, ‘the speed of recognition using one-to-many matching, even in large sample sets, is less than 600 microseconds.’
Another example of AI being used for good – even it is a little further away.