Despite the comparative youth of these technologies, AI has found widespread use in various fields. Many projects that first came to us from science fiction books have become quite real. We’ve known about using AI in areas as medicine, education, business, science, entertainment, crime control, and solutions for domestic problems. But, we want to introduce some unexpected examples for using artificial intelligence by different companies.
Intelligent X Brewing Company was founded in 2016 and is based in London, United Kingdom. Imagine you try some beer, then you leave Facebook a bot feedback. AI puts together a beer formula built on the samplers’ opinions. That’s how Intelligent X works! The bot asks about flavor and preference. The answers are usually rated on a scale of 1 to 10 and yes or no. Today, only four kinds of beer have been made, each receipe based on customers’ wishes compiled by an algorithm.
The idea of creating an algorithm able to read scripts and write its own, originated with director Oscar Sharp after he read a huge number of scripts for science fiction films. Sharpe turned for help to his long-time buddy, Ross Goodwin, an artificial intelligence researcher at New York University. For this task, Goodwin set up a neural network called “Benjamin,” which was used for text recognition. A number of scripts for science fiction from the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s were downloaded to the neural network. Benjamin analyzed these scenarios and made the film, a process taking only nine minutes. The picture is about the world of the future, a place of mass unemployment, in which young people are forced to sell their blood. In addition to the dialogue in the film, there is a song with the text generated by artificial intelligence from 30,000 downloaded popular songs. The film was both futuristic and Shakespearean in spirit. This is a surprising example of how a film can be built entirely on the playing of actors and the work of a sound engineer.
The main creation of the Paris laboratory, “Sony,” is the Flow Machines algorithm. It studied the musical parts of various songs (by September, 2016, there were about 13,000 of them) then produced a melody on request. In 2016, Sony CSL experts asked Flow Machines to write something similar to The Beatles, specifying the references and stylistic choices necessary prior to production. French musician Benoit Carré was selected to create the lyrics and the final arrangement. The result was “Daddy’s Car.” Sony called it “the first pop song” written by AI. However, this is not completely true; without the help of a man, only a naked melody can be created.
In 2012, the Autonomous Tractor Corporation (ATC) showed a prototype of the Spirit unmanned tractor, stating it was “the first fully unmanned tractor for agriculture.” Now ATC continues to work on improving the prototype. Spirit is equipped with AutoDrive, a technology-developed company combining radio navigation and a laser gyroscope with artificial intelligence technologies.
Thanks to AutoDrive, the tractor is able to move independently along the path it has previously traveled with the driver. “The tractor will not become a farmer because we give him a pattern of action. We must train him as a beginner agrarian. The tractor needs to learn how to cultivate the land and not just drive on it right,” said company CEO, Craig Schulz.
IBM is actively introducing its Watson development into the healthcare industry. This supercomputer, created to explore technologies for processing natural language, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, now is widely used in oncology to processes large amounts of medical data, including images. Based on this, it can accurately diagnose cancer. Watson for oncology is now utilized by hospitals in New York, Bangkok, and India. Together with the Boston Children’s Hospital, IBM teaches the machine to detect rare diseases in children. In collaboration with medical equipment manufacturer Medtronic, IBM uses a supercomputer to research new ways to treat diabetes. “The advantage of Watson is that he is able to find imperceptible characteristics of the disease in a huge amount of information,” said Deborah DiSanzo, CEO of IBM Watson Health.
Today, artificial intelligence is a key technological trend extending to new areas and finding applications in a wide range of tasks. Global investment in it exceeds $500 million, and, according to forecasts by the international research company, Markets and Markets, by 2020, the market for AI will grow to $5 billion through the use of machine learning technologies and natural language recognition in advertising, retail, finance, and healthcare. It is impossible to imagine the future without AI. To remain competitive, companies must actively implement AI-based technologies in their work.