Why you should be very excited about artificial intelligence!

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by James Veale

There has been a buzz around artificial intelligence (A.I) for years, and rightly so. The recent advancements show the potential for A.I to really help the economy in the U.K and add millions to the GDP. There are many reasons to be interested in A.I … so here’s a few to get you started.

Apple investing in an A.I

Apple have been seriously lagging when it comes to A.I, especially when compared to Google and Facebook. The way in which they’re starting to come back is very interesting. In 2018 Apple announced iOS 12 which promoted the advancement of Siri A.I which would make lots of suggestions for Apple users. Apple are successfully integrating A.I into the normal use of their devices.

Apple are also rumoured to be considering the purchase of the A.I focused company, Drive.ai. Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook has expressed his company is focussed with the software side of autonomous vehicles. There will be an increasing number of opportunities to work with A.I and with it being a developing technology, more contracts are likely to open up.

Robert Downey-Jr is cleaning up the Earth using robotics and A.I

Following playing the iconic genius Tony Stark (a.k.a Iron Man), Robert Downey-Jr has announced the launch of an initiative called Footprint Coalition. The organisation “is committed to using advanced technologies for the good of the environment” and is described as an environmental journey to care for Mother Earth. The project is due to go live by April of 2020.

Downey-Jr also relayed information he had been given by experts explaining, “between robotics and nanotechnology, we could clean up this planet significantly, if not totally, in 10 years”. A.I will play a key part in this process as Downey-Jr goes on to say that it’s a significant technological advancement that gave him hope. Together with his wife Susan he has been producing a series about A.I on YouTube which is something interesting to look out for.

Google condensed 100GB of AI into just 0.5GB

The Google Assistant has a reputation for being very helpful and usually quite impressive. However, it is not known for its speed. Google have announced its managed to condense 100GB of AI into just 0.5GB for a dramatically sped-up assistant. Google’s engineers have condensed the Assistant down so much to the point where it can all run on-device which has drastically improved the speed.

The new, speedy assistant will launch later this year on Pixel smartphones (which could be a motivator for some to ditch Apple). A.I is set to become a key part of Google and Google is set to become a more prominent part of many people’s lives. The “next generation” Assistant operates in real-time and will be like putting “the power of a Google data center in your pocket” said CEO Sundar Pichai.

How AI could add millions to the U.K GDP

New research shows that U.K businesses that are adopting A.I could increase their value by 120 percent within a decade! The U.K is well prepared to take full advantage of the developments in A.I as the highest-ranking country in Europe on McKinsey and Global Institute’s AI Readiness Index, falling just below the USA and China. Businesses should be encouraged to adopt A.I as not to fall behind and I.T contractors should look to gain skills with A.I to stay relevant to the way the I.T industry is developing.

The U.K has already helped “to fill the global skills shortage in artificial intelligence roles” but should keep looking to develop its expertise, as well as increase the number of people with these skills. There are five areas of AI (computer vision, natural language, virtual assistants, robotic process automation and advanced machine learning), by 2030 it is projected that some 70 percent of companies will have adopted at least one of these types.

Research shows there are exciting times on the horizon for the U.K economy, especially for those interested in I.T and more specifically A.I. Artificial intelligence could provide a 22 percent GDP boost worth millions to the UK economy. Keep an eye out for new courses to make sure you’re ahead of the curve when it comes to A.I.

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