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John McCarthy, Father of Artificial Intelligence, coined the term Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the very first time in the year 1955. He said that AI is the science and engineering of developing smart machines, particularly, intelligent computer programs. Since then Artificial Intelligence has evolved significantly as a combination of computer science, statistics, psychology, mathematics, linguistics, and engineering. Currently the art and science of AI is at an inflection point with multiple domains opening up as viable applications for largely theoretical approach so far. Today with focused contributions from large multi national corporations and governments there is a great energy in this field. As more and more interesting applications like self driving cars and AI driven stock trading take the center stage, we can expect the ecosystem to generate critical mass for industrial scale activities in multiple areas of interest.
Machine Learning is a subset of AI with great application in solving complex problems. This has already found its niche in games and in social media. There are many applications in near future like drug discovery and diagnostics where there is huge opportunity. The advantage of ML is the great potential for machines to learn many of the higher order human skills like driving, reading, care giving etc. There are great opportunities and some threats as machines replace humans in some of these domains. There is also the dangerous possibility of machines internalizing their understanding and judgement and thus becoming a threat to human endeavour. Overall interesting times ahead for AI and machine learning...
Every day at work, employees need to do monotonous work which takes a significant amount of their time and effort. These are potentially the tasks that Artificial Intelligence can automate. This can make execution of monotonous tasks much easier by providing automated solutions thus saving the valuable productive time of employees. It is thus partly fallacy that AI will quickly replace humans in the work force. First to replace will be such repetitive activities which anyway we humans would like to avoid doing. In the mean time new kind of jobs will open up and human skills will also upgrade to fit with the new demands of the job. So it is reasonable to think that in the immediate future, the jobs that will be lost to automation and AI will be those jobs that no one is really keen to do on their own. More over there are dangerous and inaccessible jobs which AI/robots can take over from humans. There are also jobs where human nature is unsuitable to do - for example continuous monitoring of instrumentation / surveillance equipments etc. These are domains where AI can do a much better job when compared with humans.
This video provides an over view of our Pradjna platform.. Here we explain the high level architecture of Pradjna and how it can help assess motor skills of millions of workers. For example it is currently very difficult to evaluate drivers without an expert involvement; but with our platform this becomes a routine, 24X7 process which is objective and impossible to manipulate.
Needless to say, Human Resource is not the only field which makes use of AI. The sales team of an organization can make use of bots to collect and communicate with leads. And by doing this, the organizations can easily recognize their potential customers and convert them into buyers. Marketing, Finance, Project management, Customer Service etc are other significant fields where the power of Artificial Intelligence can be used and are probably in use now. Intelligence can be used effectively today. Tomorrow there are unexplored frontiers like medical diagnostics, drug discovery weather and climate studies, logistics, energy and even space exploration where AI will be productively used. Mastering of new inventive technologies will definetly make our envirnoment highly challenging as the humans need to compete with advanced ultramodern machines that can definetly ensure a higher yielding as well as hassle free lifestyle. We are racing towards a future where Artificial Intelligence will be ubiquitous and all pervasive !!