Stefanini’s Director of AI Research and Development has been focusing on AI since 2003. Artificial intelligence has fundamentally changed the way people interact with systems.
Artificial intelligence (AI) has touched many parts of our lives, whether we know it or not. From smartphones and chatbots, traffic pattern analysis, email spam filters, to machine learning and AI have a profound impact on the way we communicate, socialize, work, travel, and spend time and money.
Although charting AI’s past and future possibilities from a philosophical point of view provides some value, it is also important to make actual observations of how we use AI today and what we can see tomorrow. Given the speed at which AI is evolving from future technology to daily reality, what can we expect in the next two years? Can our present tell us about the future of artificial intelligence?
Among countless applications, artificial intelligence has quickly become an indispensable tool in daily life. For example, consumers use map applications on their smartphones or companies that rely on AI to predict revenue trends, plan budgets, and communicate with customers more effectively. However, there may be no more convincing examples of how artificial intelligence has become an indispensable part of our lives than the places and spaces where we already live, work, and play: cities.
“Smart city” is an increasingly familiar term because AI-based technology has been integrated into the text and image infrastructure of cities around the world. This is happening in cities like Barcelona, where AI-based technologies promote more efficient and environmentally friendly public transport networks (including solar shelters with interactive touch screens) and smart parking sensors to reduce vehicle traffic congestion. In Singapore, residents benefit from a medical network supported by artificial intelligence, which provides more connectivity, access rights and flexibility.
In London, one of the world’s greatest cities began to use smart sensors to improve the efficiency of traffic lights and alleviate traffic congestion, and to allocate public bicycles and scooters according to the weather conditions to solve the tangled public infrastructure and chaos for more than two thousand years. In Miami in the United States, AI is being used to monitor storms and sea levels to predict the impact of climate change, while Houston-one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States-is embracing a holistic smart city solution to efficiently respond to urban parking and public transportation solutions.
Smart city AI technology is proliferating globally. Smart street lights and smart indoor lighting for private and commercial facilities are improving energy efficiency. Cameras and sensor networks are improving the efficiency of traffic lights and analyzing traffic patterns, processing large amounts of data and integrating variables such as weather conditions, special events, and seasonal factors to predict and improve the number of pedestrians and vehicle patterns to hotel and public demand. The AI-powered transportation system has fewer accidents and fewer traffic problems, and promises less pollution, greater accessibility and mobility, making the popularization of AI inevitable.
Artificial intelligence not only affects how cities operate, but also how cities are built. Artificial intelligence-driven insights will inform the design of future urban environments-from benches, parks and roads to storefronts, sidewalks, roads and roundabouts. The potential impact of artificial intelligence technology is so great that many major cities have or will establish a smart city committee to guide these decisions and implement these technologies. More and more people understand the smart city plan as an evolving process, which is an ongoing commitment to use AI technology to use historical statistics, real-time conditions and smart predictions to help citizens make informed decisions.
With the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic, the world has experienced an unwelcome collapse of the value of AI systems. Artificial intelligence systems have been thought to help detect the new corona epidemic and provide scientists and healthcare professionals with better information on the ways and routes of transmission of the virus. Publicly available data has helped researchers evaluate containment measures and implemented tracking and tracing plans, thereby effectively reducing the impact of the disease around the world.
The Covid-19 crisis has accelerated many existing trends, and artificial intelligence may be no exception. AI-driven measures can potentially prevent future pandemics and limit the initial impact of emerging public health crises. From early detection, information dissemination to traffic flow to logistical and public health measures, such as temperature measurement or crowd surveillance, artificial intelligence can make us better prepared for the next crisis.
Dangerous viruses are an ancient threat, but in today’s connected world, the Covid-19 pandemic feels like a new emergency. Citizen leaders are faced with extremely urgent and time-critical challenges and are forced to make wise and quick decisions about work stoppages or how to best implement them. There is obviously no panacea for deadly viruses that spread through the air, but if AI-based technology can help local governments keep more people safe and healthy, and make more small businesses open and operate, then it will be against Society and economy have far-reaching and beneficial effects.
The AI-driven shift from physical to digital participation has been strengthened by Covid-19, and our desire for contactless services and seamless delivery options is getting closer and closer in this world-even as it becomes further and further.
However, the increasing maturity and ubiquity of artificial intelligence applications have raised new and important ethical issues, including issues such as bias, fairness, security, transparency, privacy, and accountability. Although AI-based technology is advancing at an alarming rate, discussing the future of AI without solving these ethical issues is like debating the contours of an iceberg under the surface without having to stop explaining how the iceberg will affect the charts we draw or our designs on the ship of society.
However, in the final analysis, artificial intelligence is an opportunity to solve and reconcile some of the most fundamental challenges in society. In this sense, the future of artificial intelligence is not only a technological miracle, but also a moral clarification.