For the last 5 decades, most scientists and technicians have been almost solely focused on providing better, more advanced hardware to the world. But hardware is beginning to falter as Moore’s Law breaks down, and more computer scientists are turning to artificial intelligence to make up for this. Artificial intelligence is the next big revolution in computing, and while we haven’t truly begun to feel its influence in everyday life, within the next 10 years, it will become a vital part of our society.
The world is desperately short of doctors, with some countries only having a single doctor for 100,000 people. This is a problem that might be mitigated to a large degree by AI. This might come in the form of virtual doctors that are able to accurately diagnose a person and prescribe the correct medicine, all in real time. On top of this, machine learning will help researchers with developing cures to diseases, or better pharmaceutical drugs. Nvidia, for example, has been working with medical experts in the continued battle against diseases that have so far been incurable.
While this will take some years to implement, AI will almost certainly be ferrying the average person from place to place by the end of the current decade. Autonomous cars are one of the leading technologies in the AI industry, and thousands of computer scientists around the world are developing smarter AI to allow us to sit back and enjoy online bingo in New Zealand while we travel. Autonomous transport will most likely also extend to other forms of transportation, such as air travel and the delivery of goods, especially as more governments push for better efficiency, as well as a reduction and eventual elimination of the emissions commonly associated with modern transport.
AI is being used around the world to digitize textbooks, and it won’t be long before people have access to a much wider base of knowledge through the power of the internet. On top of that, virtual tutors are being developed that will be able to help teachers with their curriculum, and even be able to create personalised learning schedules for pupils that are having difficulty learning. What this could mean is generations of students that are able to learn subjects that interest them with the help of real-time virtual teachers.
Google has announced that it’s currently working on an AI assistant that will be able to help their customers with even the most advanced problems, and they’re not the only ones working on technology like this. With more and more people turning to tech for their work and entertainment needs, there are only so many support technicians and customer service agents in the world, and AI will be able to provide online solutions at a much more efficient pace. Of course, this is tech that will need a few more years of development but could ultimately lead to better customer service across the globe.