February 20, 2018
10 Ways AI Will Change Our Way of Living

By: Maria Ruiz and Ashley Thielen

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming a big deal in the tech industry and will become an even bigger part of our everyday lives in the near future. This technology will soon touch more than one billion lives across the world.

But what exactly is Artificial Intelligence? What does AI mean for society? AI focuses on how machine can imitate human intelligence and can become human-like through modern technology. Here are 10 ways AI will take part and transform our future and humans’ way of living as we know it.

  1. E-Commerce

Amazon is changing the way the world consumes. To give you an idea of how big of a powerhouse Amazon is, 84% of consumers made Amazon purchases in the last year. AI is evolving greatly with E-commerce by allowing consumers to make purchases by simply just asking. One in five consumers have made a voice purchase through Amazon Echo or a similar device and this number is estimated to increase to 33%. According to ComScore, 50% of all searches will be conducted by voice by 2020. As Google CEO Sundar Pichai put it, “we will move from mobile first to an AI first world.” Shopaholics beware, it won’t get easier than that.

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  1. Advertising

AI is influencing the art of advertising, as well! Applying AI to your business is now crucial in order to make it successful. With the abundance of information available online, there is not enough technology to turn it into meaningful insights. This is where AI comes in! Machines are getting better at extracting insights from complex datasets. “The key is to leverage analytics to improve business decisions and internal operations while deepening customer relationships.” AI platforms allow retailers to govern price change, fix stock-outs, decide on the timing and cost of promotions and make merchandising decisions that lead to more sales.

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  1. Healthcare

AI is also taking over healthcare in all aspects and will have a positive impact on the industry. There will soon be AI-based virtual assistants that can quickly detect people’s moods by picking up cues in speech, inflections and facial expressions. AI platforms could eventually interpret lab results, detect depression or potentially even underlining chronic conditions such as heart disease. IBM Watson, an AI platform, is expected to able to diagnose cancer 4 times more accurate than a human nurse. Watson has also helped achieve a 73% psychotherapy completion rate among veterans with PTSD. And, you know the tricorder X device in Star Trek that instantly examines patients? IBM Watson is working on a device like the tricorder X that can examine a person’s health in seconds.

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  1. Education

AI will also have a great impact on education. Students could eventually be taught by bots instead of human teachers. These machines would also be able to advise, tutor, and grade assignments. Additionally, with the development of AI technology in society, curriculums themselves will fundamentally change, and educators will prepare students for a job market in which millions of roles have been replaced with machines. Teachers and student might even have their own AI teaching/learning assistant to guide them and reinforce their knowledge until they begin their professional careers.

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  1. Households

The impact of AI on households is already happening and has been increasingly prevalent in the past year. We are filling up our homes with an ecosystem of personal assistants such as Amazon Echo, Google Home, and the Home Pod from Apple. Smart assistants will be the key to bridging the gap between humans and “smart” homes. (Does anyone else think of the 1999 Disney Movie, Smart House, when we talk about smart homes?). And, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook wants to be part of the game and has spent a year building “Jarvis” an imitation of the super-intelligent AI assistant in Iron Man films!

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  1. Law

Let me introduce you to your new lawyer, ROSS, an artificial intelligence researcher. ROSS pretty much mimics the human process of reading, identifies patterns in text, and provides contextualized answers with snippets from a given document in question. Within seconds you can get legal advice with 90% accuracy compared to 70% accuracy when the same practice is done by humans. So, if you are thinking of studying law, it’s a good time to search for a new career path, since there will be about 90% less lawyers in the future – only specialists will remain.

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  1. Transportation

This year the first self-driving cars will appear for the public. By 2020, the entire industry is predicted to be disrupted. Consumers will be able call a car with their phone, which will then drive them to their destination. There will be no driver and no need for parking. If this prediction is true, our kids will never know how to drive or even own a car. We will probably transform parking lots to parks. There will be less car accidents worldwide. Car companies will go bankrupt and don’t even get me started with car insurance companies…

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  1. Real Estate

The influence on AI on the car industry will create a ripple effect on real estate as well. Since people will be able to work while commuting, consumers will move further away from offices and in neighborhoods of their preference that will likely be less expensive and decrease saturation of bigger cities.

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  1. 3D Printing

As the technology is becoming more developed, 3D printing machines are getting by the second and 100 times faster to print. Many apparel companies, such as shoes, are starting to use 3D printers to manufacture their products for a more efficient and cost-effective solution for production. Airplane parts are also beginning to be 3D printed and there are now 3D printed buildings in China! By 2027, it is predicted that 10% of everything produced will be 3D printed.

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  1. Agriculture

The world’s population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050 – that is a lot of mouths to feed if you ask me! This means we rethink the way we produce our food – we need to do it the smart way, the AI way, per say. In a new initiative called FarmView, researchers are working to combine sensor, robotics and artificial intelligence to create a fleet of mobile field robots. They hope this technology will improve plant breeding and crop-management practices.

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The future of AI allows for exciting and innovative changes in society. What do you think of the ways it is expected to impact our lives in the near future?


Alexa is also growing out of just smart home devices and into more and more parts of life – from speakers to wearables, navigation systems, and even smartphone devices! Read more here on how Alexa is taking over!