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What is AI? Here’s What You Need to Know about the Buzzword Artificial Intelligence.

AI or Artificial Intelligence is a range of functions that are making computers smarter. AI mimics human intelligence so that machines can think like humans do and perform various complex tasks smartly.

We may not be aware, but AI is used almost everywhere, even in our day-to-day lives. AI works by feeding large amounts of data labels and then making the memory capable of analyzing the data and forming correlations using future predictions. Here are some examples of AI in use:

#1 Google Search

We can’t imagine what it would be like without having Google around. Google search has answers to all our questions and one can only marvel at its precision and speed in providing accurate data. When we search the web for something, Google sends us recommendations and senses what we need almost intuitively, all thanks to AI. When Google throws suggestions based on your search query and displays relevant advertisements, it is AI that’s working the magic.

#2 Maps and Navigation

How difficult it would be to ask for directions to strangers on the road. Thanks to AI we can set the location to wherever we want to go and just drive down by referring to Google Maps. AI has taught navigation devices to indicate ‘work-in-progress’ at a construction site and a ‘road closure’, thereby suggesting an alternate route that your driver can take. Even the slightest diversions receive alert notifications, thus making the driving experience comfortable. The hype about self-driven cars like Tesla is quite a ‘talk of the town’ in the west and Asian countries like; Dubai in the Middle East. It is a matter of pride to own the latest AI-powered cars that allow people to reach their destination without any human intervention.

#3 Chatbots

Setting up a customer service desk to tend to queries and new customer acquisitions, can be a costly affair. Therefore, companies make use of technology and train ‘bots’ to do the needful. Unlike lengthy phone calls where the pre-recorded voice assistant takes up time to give options and arrive at the appropriate query, chatting with the chatbot doesn’t require much patience. Simply choose the item from the menu that matches your query and get a solution almost instantaneously.

#4 Smart Educational Software

For students of all grades, it is now possible to customize the curriculum and pace the learning as per their capacity. AI has enabled educators with software that easily presents data & analytics, to furnish recommendations based on the child’s progress. In this manner, adaptive learning aids are applied and concepts are taught in a gamified manner.

#5 AI-Powered Robots

Robots that are powered by AI become more sophisticated and smarter. In manufacturing, the task which was earlier managed by a whole team of workers is now handed over to a single Robot. These machines are engineered to aid product design, scale production, and minimize errors to nearly zero. In the healthcare space, robots are used for genetic testing, surgery, and even research for critical diseases like cancer.

#6 Social Media

The first thing we do when we wake up in the mornings is to check our phones and social media pages. How does Facebook know who your friends are, and accordingly send recommendations for friendship requests? It is even smart enough to showcase posts and stories that might be of interest to you. This is all due to AI, that computers are able to track your history and produce algorithms that match your preferences.

#7 Smart Home Technology

From smart locks to smart air-conditioning, your homes are functional & safe thanks to AI technology. Friendly robots are replacing the need to hire house-help, as they are capable of performing tasks like cleaning, entertaining, and taking care of the elderly. Even human-like emotions such as joy and sadness are perfectly imitated by the robot, thanks to AI. The market now produces AI-powered devices that keep a watch on your energy consumption and adjust the thermostat as per outside temperatures to minimize wastage of power.

All-in-all AI is the future and it is here to stay. It is time to acquaint yourself with AI technology and make use of it, to your advantage.

There’s also going to be a great demand for software engineers who can develop apps and code innovative devices, powered by AI. In the UAE itself, there is a lot of demand for programmers, and it has become one of the world’s leading ‘hot job destinations’, as companies compete to build superior software architecture.

Building AI Controlled Lego Robots

The famous toy-maker Lego is known to keep up with trends, and AI is no exception to this. With LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime kits, students can now construct programmable robots thanks to the advanced motors & sensors and use their imagination to add various AI capabilities to Lego projects. If you want to learn more about Lego and its availability in GCC & other Middle East regions; visit the link