Artificial Intelligence has existed as a distinct science since the mid Fifties – and as a fictional idea way longer. Yet to many people it remains somewhat cloaked in a shroud of secrecy. This is partly why we have been shining a light around various aspects of Artificial Intelligence. Hopefully you and others will have enjoyed them and we have helped you widen your understanding of AI.
But how do you create an Artificial Intelligence platform? That’s a question that tends to instantly create an aura of zen-like thought and magical pixies beavering away in a hidden laboratory. So we’re going to kick off a series looking into how an Artificial Platform is created. And we’ll start right at the very beginning.
What’s the Problem?
Before you can even begin to think about getting busy with a computer keyboard, you first need to discover an issue needing solving. So we’ll come up with two for you as they will provide some slightly different points.
Let’s say, for example, where you live can sometimes have periods of hot, sunny weather, and you tend to get to sunburn. But you don’t live somewhere like Southern California or Cyprus – there is no guarantee of sunny days the moment Winter ends. Obviously you don’t want to stay indoors all the time, and you don’t want to wear maximum factor sunblock every minute you’re outdoors either. If there was a way to get some guidance about the risk of sunburn in the future, you can be better prepared.
Moving indoors for a moment, you have a large warehouse filled with tens of thousands of items. They’re all seemingly quite random, and your customers order all sorts of stuff. That means you’re moving around that warehouse all day long, one end to the other, picking individual items to get ready to despatch. That takes a lot of time and means you’re having to rush other parts of the job. So, you really need to find a way to reduce the amount of time you’re spending picking.
The examples above are obviously rather different in terms of outcome. The first is for personal health and convenience, while the second is looking at improving efficiency. They’re both problems – just different types. But when you’re considering how you can create an Artificial Intelligence platform, they both demonstrate two things. Firstly, that Artificial Intelligence can be applied literally anywhere you can think of. It’s uses are endless, and we’re unlikely to run out of reasons to use AI anytime soon. And secondly, Artificial Intelligence is a tool to help you. It supports you, whether in work or more general life matters. It’s not there to take over your life. It’s not to remove humans out of processes either.
With this base point covered, we’ll move on to step two. In our next article we’ll start thinking about the food of AI – data.