What is Artificial Intelligence in the Real World?

Lixar I.T. Tech

We’re off to New York City this week to participate in the O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence conference, as well as the Canada AI Summit. For the latter, our very own Jim Provost will be on a panel titled ‘What is Artificial Intelligence in the Real World?’ (June 27th, 6:30 PM), with several industry leaders to discuss how AI is changing the retail, finance, transportation, and media industries from the inside out.

Jim Provost, Lixar Data Scientist
What comes to mind when you think of artificial intelligence? While ‘robots’ might be your first thought, the real answer is more complex and far more intriguing.

The fact of the matter is AI is here, and it’s around in increasingly more familiar and understandable forms. If you use a smartphone, it comes with some kind of AI built in to provide you with contextual, personalized experiences. If you’ve ever shopped online and received a product recommendation, you’ve encountered AI. While still in its infancy, it’s here and ready to take on new challenges and make our day to day encounters with technology better. With artificial intelligence, we’ll see new careers, new opportunities, and new possibilities that might not have ever been possible.

5G panel at TU Detroit 2017 featuring Lixar's Jim Provost  TU Detroit - Lixar Lounge
After this year’s TU Detroit, and it’s evident that autonomous cars aren’t just the future, but are very much here in the present. Self-driving vehicles are an amazing result of what can happen when AI is put to good use, but many neglect to think of the broader implications and improvements it means for the transportation industry. For long-haul trips, this could mean no need for drivers to take breaks, be distracted, or fight to stay awake during long hours. It means transporting goods could now happen with lower risk, higher speeds, and more efficiency than ever possible.

Jonny Stevens and Andrew Duke at the 2017 Aviation Festival Americas conferenceWhile automotive is seeing the largest shift, artificial intelligence goes beyond the automotive industry. Take the world of commercial aviation for example.

Passengers are the reason why airlines fly, and the reason why the lights stay on. So how do you win over passengers in a highly competitive market where only the best and most innovative stay on top? Driving innovation requires you to think of your passengers first. While success can be defined in many ways such as ticket sales, daily flights, and more; a truly successful airline will operate under the premise, “If we’re not innovating, someone else ultimately will.” With passengers as a driving force, innovation needs to be focused on what matters to them, and what makes their experiences valuable.air-Operational-Insights

Creating personalized experiences will be a large part of the transportation industry thanks to AI. Think of boarding your flight, and already having your favourite meal waiting for you at your seat. How about your seat being the right temperature, and playing the latest binge-worthy show on the in-flight entertainment system? You won’t just be buying a ticket anymore; you’ll be purchasing a personal transportation experience.


Jonny Stevens is at FTE Dublin today

AI is pushing the limits of what we thought possible and will continue to impact the way we interact with our world. Touching everything from the way we move, personalize, and think; artificial intelligence will be at the forefront of how we interact with the world around us.

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