AI is increasingly becoming part of everyday life. Here we focus on four uses that might surprise you.
AI and Potholes
An innovative pilot scheme using artificial intelligence to assess potholes has saved more than £1m of taxpayers’ cash, a council has said.
Blackpool Council said it was the first local authority to use AI technology to detect damage to roads. It uses satellite images to inspect roads in seconds rather than sending engineers, and was trialled in Anchorsholme and Bispham.
The technology, piloted in summer and now rolled out permanently, detects the damage before using a traffic light colour-coding system to determine what action should be taken.
The council said 5,145 potholes had been fixed in North Shore at a cost of just under £450,000, which would have cost £1.5m using traditional methods.
The first AI novel?
As a prominent Artificial Intelligence creator, Ross Goodwin fitted a Cadillac car with a surveillance camera, a GPS unit, a microphone and a clock, all connected to a portable AI writing machine that fed from these input data in real time.
He traveled from New York to New Orleans, in an experimental automation of the American literary road trip.
As they drove, a manuscript emerged line by line from the machine’s printer on long scrolls of receipt paper which have been turned into a book.
IntelligentX’s mission is to create the world’s greatest consumer product experience. They are harnessing artificial intelligence in order to respond faster to customers’ tastes and preferences for its range of beers.
Mail order clients can rate their beers and tell the company what hits the right note and what falls short. IntelligentX’s brewers then tweak and the recipe using the feedback and update the next batch.
Choosing Furniture Using AI
One of the world’s largest ecommerce companies for home furnishings and décor has officially launched “Search with Photo,” a new feature that leverages artificial intelligence to assist consumers in the product-buying process.
Wayfair customers can use it to take photos of furniture that the company’s algorithm will attempt to match to similar Wayfair products. The product will return results from Wayfair’s 8 billion products even if the photo taken looks unlike anything they offer. Mind you, it still doesn’t make building flatpack furniture any easier!