The dynamism in technology has seen the development and transfer of technology to different aspects of life. Today, emerging technologies have led to better treatment methods and thus enhancing the quality of life. Technology has been used to monitor traffic, built self-driven cars that continue to make our roads safer. As a matter of fact, advancement in technology has led to improved living standards, better health care, faster production of foods and market goods among others.
Today, an artificial intelligence system is set to get launched in a French school. The system will get used in the monitoring of the concentration levels in students. The system that goes by the name Nestor employs the use of facial expression to detect the degree of focus. Therefore, the system detects if a student is paying attention to an ongoing lecture. The system launch expects to improve the performance of online students and lecturers. Through the student’s webcams, the system analyzes the eye movements and facial expressions to determine the time the student concentrates on the video lecture.
The artificial intelligence software is set to improve the credibility of e-learning. A classroom system is yet to get developed, but according to Saucet, the progress in its development is on-going. The UN’s World Council of Peoples described its launch as the first AI led class. However, the system is incapable of teaching a course. The lecturer is still supposed to lecture in front of cameras that’s get streamed to students. The system employs the emotion recognition system to determine the levels of concentration.
People advocating for such systems say that the technology may find use when it comes to individual student needs. The system can adapt to specific needs and foster effective studying habits. As it is evident in a recent article about artificial intelligence, researchers envision the system becoming a lifelong companion for learners. However, AI’s rely on loads of personal data. It is therefore paramount to ensure that the students’ data is kept confidential and protected from hackers. The truth is, a system like this stands to improve the quality of education given to online learners.What’s more, this is just the beginning and a lot is expected in the coming years in the field of artificial intelligence.
The rise of automation and artificial intelligence is greeted positively by many within the tech industry. Artificial intelligence software is designed to processes greater amounts of data in less time than any human possibly could, which speeds up decision-making and improves accuracy. On another level, vending kiosks are poised to replace fast food workers. Indeed, automated cars could replace taxi and Uber drivers. In one respect, this is frightening. Fewer jobs will be available, but as pointed out in a report to Congress in 2016, workers earning less than $20 per hour can expect an 83% chance that their job will be transferred to an AI powered robot by 2021. Those earning $40 or more per hour will only face a 31% chance that a robot will replace them.
In a recent Huffington Post article, Anurag Harsh points out that technology has been replacing humans since the onset of the Industrial Revolution. He also brings to light the fact that tractors were once expected to take away all agricultural jobs. In reality, the invention and adoption of the tractor forced generations of would-be farmers to attend and complete high school. Once educated, they moved on to higher skilled, and better paying jobs, in factory towns and urban areas. A way of life changed completely, but the need to earn a living did not.
Considering the historical precedent that has been set, it is imperative that younger generations position themselves for higher paying jobs. Those positions could include engineers who write the code that run the robots, or innovators who conceive new strategies for robotics, or it could be an influx of physicians, lawyers and other creative thinkers who can conceive of patterns and perceive nuances that AI-driven devices will not be able to replicate. So while robots flip hamburgers, chefs will still be in demand. In this sense, robots are helpful in more ways than simply doing drudge work. They challenge us to raise the bar, to receive better educations, to hone greater skills and to earn more money. As the adage goes: work smarter, not harder.
The phenomenon of driverless cars is taking the automobile industry by storm. In fact, scientists and software engineers are still trying to decide how they should make the driverless cars more intelligent. Perhaps, a California startup, drive.ai has the answer. The new company will use deep learning as part of ongoing tests to make driverless car learn from their environment.
Deep learning is an advanced form of artificial intelligence. Actually, its not new because researchers at the Stanford University are already using it to test different technology. However, this is the first time that a company will use deep learning as a tool to train driverless cars.
Interestingly, the company only reveled its plan to test the driverless vehicles because it had to get the test license from the Government of California. According to sources, the license will allow driver.ai to use driverless car for the training purposes. Accordingly, the company has recently hired high-profile automobile executives that includes former General Motors director Steve Girsky. It is also able to obtain nearly $12 million in funding, which indicates future potential.
According to Drive.ai president and co-founder Carol Reiley, deep learning in automobiles will work by allowing the care to decide from millions of test cases. For instance, engineers can offer thousands of different scenarios for the driverless car to learn in matter of days. The amount of and data that modern computers are able to store will help the computer to evolve with the passage of time. As more unique circumstances are presented, the artificial intelligence will reach new levels of coordination. Carol also revealed that deep learning is not limited to driving the car. Instead, the technology will enable the computer to make instant decision on what is best for other drivers, pedestrians and environment. Overall, it means that Drive.ai is building a computer that will not only save the driver, but is also concerned about the safety of others. If true, other companies can also learn from Drive.ai.
As of now, the deep learning will continue to be in a Beta mode. As co-founder of the company, Sameep Tandon, sees it, deep learning requires continuous learning process. The learning cycle continues because it is impossible to make a guide for a computer that is always facing new scenarios.