Artificial intelligence has slowly, but surely, been developing and integrating into our lives. We already have machines that sort the produce before we sell it and predict what we are going to write next in our messages and emails. What’s next? We are going to examine a bit what changes in our lifestyle we can expect, as AI takes over more and more of our tasks.
Amazon and other online stores already have an algorithm that recommends products based on your previous inquiries and purchases. It also shows you what products other people in your area or those that share your interests are keen on getting.
The predictive shopping could actually go both ways. Looking at the kinds of products people are likely to purchase each month and taking the state of the local economy into consideration, AI could very well tell stores to stock up on a certain type of produce and products even before there is a chance of a shortage.
Internet of Things
Smart homes are already becoming mainstream. It is just a matter of time before you will no longer need to inform your house what you want to have for dinner and what the temperature on the thermostat should be. Think of IoT and the hub that connects it all as a butler or a loving family member, ready to make you happy.
It is also not unlikely that AI will inform you of your meetings, remind you to take your medication, and give you the highlights of the news you are interested in. All of this will make your daily life easier and free up some time for other activities.
Agriculture and Other Industries
Imagine having a financial adviser that tells you when to invest and in what. Now, picture an expert who gives you step-by-step instructions on how to plant crops in your piece of land, based entirely on the quality of soil you have and the results you want to achieve.
This means that you will no longer need to have a green thumb or other expertise before you undertake a project. However, we are certain that any good system will let you switch to manual control, meaning that you will take the recommendations of the machine into consideration, but still decide on your own what the next course of action should be.
Remember when people complain about how the potholes on their street are still not properly patched? With the integration of AI into city planning, it will be a cinch to organize repairs and reroute the traffic. The intelligence could also take charge of expanding the city, optimizing the residential areas and the amenities.
This system could also be useful when we need to integrate a new element in a neighborhood, like a government building, new plumbing, and so on.
However, no system is perfect, and updates and bug fixes will have to be implemented on a regular basis in order to keep the system running smoothly. Furthermore, possible issues may arise from faulty input. Namely, if the human teaching the machine chooses a certain set of issues as priorities, you can be sure that all other problems are going to get ignored until the priorities are settled. This could prove troubling, as there are issues people don’t recognize as serious.