This is a sponsored post from Digi-Key. Written by Siobhan Treacy
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a hot topic—it seems like there is a new development every day. Many people may not realize how AI is already impacting their everyday lives. Below are a few examples.
Siri, Alexa, Google Home, and Cortana are just a few of the virtual assistants that use AI to search for answers, music, and directions. Basically, anything that a virtual assistant does, it does using AI.
Virtual assistants use AI to learn about their users and the world around them as well as to understand human language. Virtual assistants may soon be able to predict and detect users’ needs—sometimes before users even know what they are.
People searching for jobs generally assume that a human is reviewing applications. However, that might not be true nowadays. More companies are taking advantage of AI in the hiring process. AI programs can ask candidates questions, review resumes, and even conduct full interviews.
During an AI interview, a job candidate’s answers are analyzed against metrics of what the company is looking for in an applicant. Candidates can also ask the system questions about the job and receive preprogrammed answers. If the candidate asks something the system cannot answer, the question is bounced back to a human recruiter who can fill in the gaps.
Writer’s block is a major struggle for many writers. Finding the perfect word or phrase can sometimes feel impossible. AI is here to help.
While AI is not writing books, it is helping writers overcome mental blocks. A writer can input a sentence into an AI-based writing program and receive a suggestion for a follow-up sentence or word that may work.
Programs such as Google’s Smart Compose can also predict what a user will write in an email. Other programs, including Grammarly, check for grammar mistakes while the user is writing. Such programs act as writing assistants to help writers craft the perfect phrasing.
Anyone using Amazon has seen its “recommended for you” suggestions, which often seem to be a perfect fit for the shopper. This is because the products are chosen by Amazon’s transactional AI. It analyzes what users have purchased, browsed, and saved in the past.
Not only can this AI research be used to generate recommendations, but it can also be used to display standard Amazon features such as “frequently bought together,” “related to items you’ve viewed,” “customers also bought”, and “bestselling in this category.”
To sum up, AI is everywhere. Companies all over the world are taking advantage of everything AI offers, and these are just a few of the many ways it is being used today. AI is not going anywhere. In fact, it seems to be just getting started.