REVEALED: UNEXPECTED WAYS AI WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE - WITHOUT YOU EVEN KNOWING
Did you know that only 1/3 (33%) of the world’s population believe they use technology with Artificial Intelligence (AI)? When, in fact, over three quarters (77%) of us do on a daily basis. But, AI is far from robots attempting to take over the world.
Today, machines can tell you if, and how long, your relationship will last, and even predict the interior design of your home, based on your location.
With that in mind, we’ve uncovered some of the weird and unexpected ways in which AI can shape your life – without you even realising.
AI CAN SHAPE YOUR LIFE AND WELLBEING FROM BEHIND THE SCENES
AI CAN PREDICT IF AND HOW LONG YOUR RELATIONSHIP WILL LAST (WITH 76% ACCURACY)
1 in 5 (20%) relationships now start online, so using technology to find your ‘perfect’ partner isn’t unusual. But, did you know that researchers from the University of South Carolina (USC) have created an algorithm which can predict if, and even when, you and your partner are likely to split?
The tool analysed 134 therapy sessions, studying how long both parties spoke, the tone and even what words were used to identify how long the relationship will last. Fortunately for the researchers but unfortunately for the couples – the predictions were correct in 76% of cases.
VIRTUAL THERAPISTS CAN ANALYSE YOUR MENTAL STATE USING THE CAMERA ON YOUR PHONE
While this hasn’t been rolled out to phones yet, researchers from the University of Southern California (US) are creating a ‘virtual therapist’ called Ellie. Through your camera and microphone, Ellie can analyse the emotion in your face, variation of your expressions and tone of voice to assess your mental state.
In research settings, they’ve already found patients ‘feel less judged by Ellie’.
Likewise, Mindstrong is a tool that attempts to study how you use your phone – such as how you type and scroll – to understand your emotional state.
DREAMING OF THE PERFECT HOTEL ROOM TO UNWIND? AI CAN DO IT
Marriott is attempting to create the ‘hotel room of the future’. In this room, you will be allowed to control everything with your voice – from the lights to even the hot water temperature. Once you leave, the room will save your preferences and, next time you stop, will draw on those and create the ‘perfect’ hotel room for you to unwind.
So, if you like to meditate in the morning with dim lights, the AI software will make sure to remember.
MACHINES COULD EVEN EXTEND LIFESPAN BY 400 TO 500 YEARS
Innovation in AI could see the average human lifespan extend. Not just by a few years but, potentially, a staggering 500%.
Scientists at the MDI Biological Laboratory used lab worms – chosen due to their genetic similarity to us – to identify genes that can be manipulated to extend the worm’s lifespan fivefold. That is the equivalent of a human living between 400 and 500 years.
BioAge is another company using AI to help us live longer. To put it simply, they believe they can extend our lifespan by 20 years or more within the next few years. So, watch this space.
AI CAN HELP YOU CREATE THE PERFECT HOME
FORGET USING INSTAGRAM TO CREATE THE PERFECT OFFICE SPACE, YOU JUST NEED AI
While we are working from home, you might be looking at ways to improve your office space. But, AI can do it for you.
Autodesk used software that created the perfect office space from 10,000 different possibilities. It based its findings on questions relating to the perfect light, who people want to sit next to, the areas people would like to be near and even what helps with productivity.
The AI brainstormed the blueprints itself to find the best office to fit all of those questions. Instagram doesn’t look as cool now.
AI CAN PREDICT THE STYLE OF YOUR LIVING ROOM BASED ON YOUR LOCATION
After being fed 50,000 images of living rooms around the world, researchers have created software that can guess the interior design – including accessories – based on your location.
The highest rates of vibrant colours were found in Central Asia, S.E. Asia and North Africa. Residents in Delhi and Italy were also found to display the most wall art. But, Europeans tend to place more of a focus on accessories and feature more books in their living rooms.
YOU CAN GET HELP WITH YOUR KITCHEN CHORES AND LEARN HOW TO MAKE THE ‘PERFECT’ SALAD
Are you a terrible cook that could even burn water? Well, there’s an AI for that.
Researchers fed a machine hours of videos of people making salads, so it can begin to predict the rest of the recipes when the system sees you start to make one. In short, it will recognise what you are doing in the kitchen and help, should you miss a step.
Currently, the software has accurately predicted the next move in 40% of cases. Although, its accuracy reduces for longer recipes.
The aim, however, is for this tool to become the ‘perfect butler’ and, possibly in the future, get to know your routine and step in should you forget part of your routine.
AI IS BEHIND THE FILMS YOU WATCH AND THE TV SHOWS YOU CHOOSE
HOLLYWOOD CAN PREDICT THE PROFIT OF FILMS AND THE LIKEABILITY OF CHARACTERS BEFORE YOU HAVE SEEN THEM
You might think your film choices are yours alone, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Hollywood is quietly using AI to select their next blockbusters.
For example, Warner Bros. has teamed up with Cinelytic, which has created AI software to predict the success of future films. Their software determines the profitability of an actor and calculates how much money a film is likely to earn in the cinema and supplementary merchandising, such as DVDs. So, if they don’t think you would watch the film, they don’t produce it.
20th Century Fox have also dipped into the AI pool. They use ‘Merlin’ to identify the ideal demographics for their film to decide on advertising and classification for individual films.
Scriptbook, founded in 2015, is an additional software that has an 86% success rate on providing an estimated revenue based on analysing the script for films. The tool also predicts characters’ likeability and even the IMDB rating.
So, if you think it’s you choosing films to watch, think again.
NETFLIX AND CHILL? AI CHOOSES WHAT 167 MILLION PEOPLE ARE GOING TO WATCH
Netflix has 167 million subscribers worldwide, with 15.6 million in the UK alone. But, did you know that it’s not you who chooses what to watch, but artificial intelligence?
75% of us select movies and TV shows based on Netflix’s recommendations. This is based on Netflix analysing your behaviour from the very moment you sign up, tracking your viewing habits and placing you within ‘taste communities’. But, they don’t just recommend films. They know what you want to watch throughout the week – suggesting films based on the day you browse.
AI CAN PREDICT YOUR TWEETS BEFORE YOU WRITE THEM
AI can predict your social media posts before you even think about them. Scientist, James Bagrow, conducted a study using machine learning to profile individuals from their online footprint (such as followers) to predict their text.
Computers looked at users’ past writings – such as tweets – to predict their future, with a staggering 95% accuracy. Not only does this show the power of artificial intelligence, but the personal data that is available across social media platforms.
AI CAN HELP SONGS REACH THE TOP 5 AROUND THE WORLD
Musicians are already paying attention to the possibilities of AI. The single ‘Not Easy’ by Alex Da Kid, Elle King and Wiz Khalifa peaked at number 4 on the iTunes Hot Tracks list. But, did you know it was produced using AI?
Alex Da Kid used a tool called ‘Watson’ to analyse five years’ worth of Billboard songs, alongside social media commentary, newspaper articles and film scripts. This helped him to understand the ‘emotional temperature’ of the time the song was released. That way, he could appeal to the masses.
So, next time you listen to a song, it could be that AI has played a part.
With 73% of businesses open to using artificial intelligence to make their lives easier, it’s likely we’ll soon start to see more of the above.
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