11 Examples Of Artificial Intelligence In Our Everyday Lives

White robot peering up at camera, also an example of artificial intelligence

When most people think about artificial intelligence (A.I.), they think of machines learning how to think like humans in sci-fi movies such as Star Wars and Terminator. A.I. and machine learning may seem like an imaginative, futuristic notion, but in reality, there’s a wide variety of current technological developments that utilize A.I.–all of which empower us and help us go about our daily responsibilities. Here’s a list of 10 neat examples of artificial intelligence that have a role in our everyday lives.

1. Navigation Apps

Believe it or not, even your daily commute to and from work requires the use of artificial intelligence. Navigation apps such as Google Maps use A.I. to analyze the speed of movement of traffic. It also takes in user-reported incidents, such as traffic accidents or road construction, to predict how long it will take you to reach your destination and uses that information to suggest the fastest route. 

2. Rideshare Apps

Now suppose instead of driving yourself to work, you choose to take an Uber to your office. How do rideshare apps determine the price of your ride or the wait time once you call an Uber? The answer is machine learning, another example of artificial intelligence. According to Uber’s Head of Machine Learning Danny Lange, a rider’s wait time is “based on data from millions of trips, which lets [Uber] take into consideration normal patterns that occur day after day.”

3. Short Videos & Video Summaries

Popularized by Netflix, short summary videos are quickly replacing static video thumbnails in streaming apps and on websites. Instead of requiring someone to watch and summarize the thousands of hours of content on a streaming serve, they make us of AI to automatically understand the content of the video and create a short video summary.

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4. 3D Photography

3D photography has become an impressive way to capture and display photos. The LucidPix app, for example, allows you to capture 3D Photos or convert 2D photos to 3D without the need for multiple cameras. The advanced artificial intelligence behind LucidPix is able to infer which parts of your photo have higher levels of depth compared to other parts of your photo. Then, with a click of a button, LucidPix adds depth to your photos and turns them into lifelike 3D images.

5. Facial Recognition

Apps such as LucidPix, Snapchat, and Facebook have all utilized A.I. in its facial recognition technology. LucidPix uses facial recognition to detect a user’s face for the “3D Face” feature, which allows users to capture and convert their selfies to 3D photos. Similarly, Snapchat uses A.I. to recognize users’ faces and apply face filters to users’ photos. In Facebook, facial recognition is used to identify faces in photos and invite users to tag themselves or their Facebook friends.

6. Smart Assistants

Perhaps the most popular use of A.I. comes in the form of digital smart assistants, such as Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant. These A.I.-powered personal assistants are able to take in your voice commands and translate them into actions, such as adding items to your shopping list or calling a friend. There’s no question that voice assistants will continue to grow and become even more capable of assisting us in our daily lives.

7. Spam Filters

You may be hesitant to believe that your email inbox employs A.I., but it’s true!  One of the most important features of your inbox, the spam filter is regulated by a set of rules that help keep your inbox risk free. Over time, spam filters continuously learn from various signals, ranging from an email’s metadata to specific words or phrases in an email. Gmail itself is able to successfully filter out 99.9% of spam through the use of its machine learning algorithms.

8. Media Recommendations

If you’ve ever finished binging a TV show on Netflix, you’ve probably noticed how Netflix immediately displays other shows you may enjoy watching next. YouTube is another platform that recommends a series of videos you might like next after you’ve finished watching one video. Both these digital media services analyze hundreds of records to suggest films, TV shows, and videos that you might like based on your previous reactions and choices of media.

9. Online Banking

Many banks now offer mobile check deposit services to their customers, which also utilizes machine learning. Banking apps are able to recognize and read your hand-writing to translate that to a digital check. Additionally, A.I. is also used to determine which transactions are fraudulent. FICO, the credit scoring service, uses machine learning to develop your FICO credit score and assess the risk level of each new customer. This information is relayed to banks so banks can determine which applicants are safe borrowers.

10. Autonomous Vehicles

Self-driving and parking cars, also known as autonomous vehicles, use machine learning to recognize the space around a vehicle in order to drive a passenger without them ever having to take control of the vehicle. Tech company Nvidia uses A.I. to “[empower] autonomous vehicles to process large volumes of sensor data and make real-time driving decisions.” and partners with car manufacturing companies such as Tesla, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Volvo.

11. Household Items

Even though the past nine examples of artificial intelligence are all some sort of service or software, that doesn’t mean that A.I. doesn’t come in the shape of physical machines as well. And you may have some in your own home! IRobot’s Roomba vacuum cleaner uses A.I. to scan the size of the room it is in, identify obstacles, and determine the most efficient route to sweep the space.