6 Surprising Ways You Use AI Every Day

Because of artificial intelligence, we have self-driving cars and robots that explore other planets. But just because your car doesn’t drive itself doesn’t mean you don’t come into contact with AI every day. In fact, you probably don’t realize just how often you rely it.

This advanced technology has crept its way into our daily lives. Whether you want to learn more about how your tech works, or you want to be more aware of your interactions with artificial intelligence, it’s worth knowing about these six ways AI is part of your life.

1. Bots

Commonly known as chatbots, you might assume their functions are limited and their responses are pre-recorded. For this reason, some people avoid them. But artificial intelligence is the driving force behind bots — and they can do a lot more today than they could in the past.

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Artificial intelligence recognizes you by learning the geometry of your face. Like fingerprints, no two faces are exactly alike.

Many websites now have chat boxes that pop up in the corner of the browser window and encourage you to ask questions. These conversation bots use Natural Language Processing, or NLP, to understand human speech. When you ask something, the bot gathers information that is related to your question. It sifts through hundreds of search results to find an answer and give it to you.

If you use some form of digital personal assistant — like Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa or Siri — you are using a voice bot. These work in a way that’s similar to a conversation bot, but with an added step. AI is used to understand speech and translate it into text before finding an answer. Voice bots are also used to perform tasks, like making calls and adding events to your calendar.

2. Digital maps

Apps used for travel use artificial intelligence to perform lots of their functions. AI uses GPS data to observe where traffic is slow or if there is a car accident. It estimates your arrival time by looking at current users and how fast they are reaching their destinations. Data patterns are analyzed to predict when and where traffic will slow down or speed up at different times. If you are trying to find parking in a specific area, AI can recommend where to park and how long it will take to find a spot.

3. Online banking

These days, we don’t need to go to the bank to deposit a check or look at an account balance — we can do almost everything from our phones. And AI contributes to making digital banking user-friendly.

Ever wonder how your mobile deposit really works? It uses artificial intelligence to transfer money between accounts. Based on a photo of a check, AI transcribes the text and hand-written words from the picture. It verifies the account information, then transfers money from one account to another.

Although we may not interact with it, AI helps prevent fraud. It monitors your bank account and credit card transactions. Over time, it collects and stores data. If your credit card is used in a location far from you or a large purchase is made online, you are usually notified. By looking at patterns in your spending and card use, artificial intelligence can notice if something is out of the ordinary.

4. Facial recognition

We used to use passwords and PINs to unlock our phones. Then it progressed to fingerprint scanning. Now, a lot of us don’t need to do anything more than look at our screens.

Artificial intelligence recognizes you by learning the geometry of your face. Like fingerprints, no two faces are exactly alike. Measurements of your facial topography are turned into a formula that the computer can use verify your identity.

5. Media streaming

Have you noticed that services like Spotify, Netflix and Hulu give you suggestions for what to stream next once you finish something? And that’s how a TV binge is born.

You can probably guess that these sites examine the content you like. This is done with algorithms, formulas used in coding and programming. They’re instructions that tell a computer what to do and how to do it. By combining sets of these instructions, you get artificial intelligence.

On streaming services, artificial intelligence collects and analyzes information from users. It looks at what kinds of TV shows you’re loyal to, which songs you skip and what movies you turn off halfway through. It then finds patterns in these actions and delivers new content based on them.

6. Social media

Like streaming services, social media uses algorithms. When you watch a video in your feed, like someone’s status or comment on a photo, AI tracks your activity. It then shows you posts that are similar to what you usually like and engage with instead of what you ignore.

Morgen Henderson

Morgen lives in the Silicon Slopes of Salt Lake City. She loves to write and learn about technology and artificial intelligence. In her spare time, you can find her baking or traveling the globe.