Artificial Intelligence: Rise of the Machines

What is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence seems to be in the news every day now. It touches every aspect of our lives – work, home, education, social, shopping and so much more. There are people who wholly embrace it and others who want to stay far away from it. But there’s truly no avoiding AI anymore. So, it’s a good idea to understand it better and understand how you can use it to your best advantage.

AI isn’t just a buzzword – it’s deeply ingrained in our daily lives, from automated alarm clocks to the drive-thru at Starbucks. We’ve been living with AI longer than we realize.

Let’s first talk about where artificial intelligence began. AI is most commonly known as Artificial Intelligence. Some professionals will call it Algorithmic Intelligence. Before all that, AI was simply a program with a sophisticated decision system. The IT tech feeds the system a lot of data and the branch decisional system will help the organization make a decision based on the output from the data. Over time, this got more complex and more complicated because of the number of parameters entered in the data system.  Today’s AI is just the next evolution of this basic concept.

AI in our daily lives

AI is a part of our lives whether we realize it or not. ChatGPT is probably the most commonly recognized AI tool.  But did you know that our home assistants like Alexa and Siri are AI tools? You ask them a question and they search the Internet with the parameters of your question and return an answer. Or you give an instruction and, using its learned responses, performs the action you have requested. We often don’t think about the fact that our smartphones use AI technology.  Google Maps, the Waze app and other map/driving apps use AI technology to varying degrees to find the shortest route from home to Grandmother’s house or if not the shortest route, the one with the least amount of traffic.

Interested in exploring AI but unsure where to begin? Platforms like Chat GPT offer accessible interfaces for engaging with AI, making it easier than ever to learn, create, and connect with technology.

In the business world, the question is not “Will AI take my job?”  The more salient question is “Will people who use AI take my job?”  The answer is “They could.” AI has been used to great advantage in the business world to enhance outputs and improve successes. Great business use cases include business writing, programming codes or scripts for IT, diagnostic assistance in the medical world, deep analysis for finance, business and marketing.  So it’s a good idea to embrace what AI can do for you from a business perspective. Don’t be afraid of it. Embrace it.

So is AI good or bad?

But is AI a good thing or a bad thing in our personal lives?  There are those who fear AI will run rampant and take over the world like the Skynet and its army of cyborgs. And there are others who think AI is the best thing to come along since the Model T.  Here are some examples of AI in our lives:

    • Starbucks has programs to assist the barristas in making your Vente Iced Mocha Half-Caf Frappe.

    • DoorDash, UberEats, and restaurant home delivery apps use AI to suggest additions to your order or new orders based on your previous orders. And they use the same GPS AI technology as Google or Apple Maps to estimate delivery times.

    • Grocery store self-checkouts and especially Amazon Fresh have AI embedded in their checkout systems.

    • Are you ready to freak out?  Airplanes can fly themselves using AI. They’ve been able to for a while, but we still have pilots in the cockpit so that passengers are more comfortable and don’t run screaming off the plane. 

In the realm of Skynet and “Is my TV spying on me?”: If it’s a SmartTV connected to the Internet, it kind of is. AI algorithms will analyze the shows you watch, the streaming shows you binge and for how long you binge, even the YouTube videos you watch on your TV. Based on your viewing patterns the streaming services will recommend other shows you might like. In addition, the ads you get served up will also align with your viewing patterns. It’s not any different from the ads you get served up based on your Google search history on your smartphone or home computer. It’s just a tad creepier because it’s on your TV and you’re not used to it being an AI-based tool.

Are we witnessing the pre-AOL era of AI? The rapid evolution of technology is both thrilling and daunting. Understanding its potential and pitfalls is key as we embark on this journey into the unknown.

Join Episode 2 of the ThirtyFiveSixtyFour podcast – Artificial Intelligence – The Rise of the Machines – to hear more about Artificial Intelligence from Chris Roberts, an experienced technology expert with over 20 years in engineering, sales and executive management with leading technology firms like Microsoft, Dell and Quest Software.  His background is in high tech and enterprise software with specific expertise in Zero Trust, cybersecurity and he has evolved his knowledge base to include a deep understanding of artificial intelligence.  

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  • Chris Roberts

    Chris Roberts has held pivotal roles in executive management, engineering, and sales at leading firms like Microsoft, Dell, and Quest Software, significantly contributing to technologies now standard in enterprise IT.

    An alumnus of the University of Maryland and Andrews University where he studied Computer Science and Marketing.

    Chris's expertise extends well beyond his professional endeavors. He is an avid jazz vinyl collector, writer, and enthusiast of aeronautics, art, and antiques.

    Currently, Chris is channeling his passion into social causes, researching music therapy as a tool to alleviate dementia symptoms, and establishing an art gallery to showcase works by artists affected by Alzheimer’s.

    Additionally, he anticipates the release of his first poetry collection by year's end. Chris's unique blend of professional success, technical prowess, and dedication to humanitarian causes establishes him as a distinguished voice in the technology sector and beyond.

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Chris Roberts has held pivotal roles in executive management, engineering, and sales at leading firms like Microsoft, Dell, and Quest Software, significantly contributing to technologies now standard in enterprise IT.

An alumnus of the University of Maryland and Andrews University where he studied Computer Science and Marketing.

Chris's expertise extends well beyond his professional endeavors. He is an avid jazz vinyl collector, writer, and enthusiast of aeronautics, art, and antiques.

Currently, Chris is channeling his passion into social causes, researching music therapy as a tool to alleviate dementia symptoms, and establishing an art gallery to showcase works by artists affected by Alzheimer’s.

Additionally, he anticipates the release of his first poetry collection by year's end. Chris's unique blend of professional success, technical prowess, and dedication to humanitarian causes establishes him as a distinguished voice in the technology sector and beyond.