Construction is one of the most dangerous industries to work in, with over 5000 deaths a year in the USA alone. But BAM, a building firm in Ireland, has managed to reduce its accident numbers by 25% with the use of AI. Again, it’s about giving firms the possibility of doing something with the masses of data they have access to: 150 million incidents can give machine learning programs a lot to chew over.
Ai-Da is a talented new artist whose portraits of Ada Lovelace and Alan Turing have drawn praise. She’s also a robot, with a powerful AI brain. She recently began creating unique abstract paintings of her own invention that warn of the dangers of environmental catastrophe. Dubbed ‘shattered light’ paintings by art critics, these could be the start of a powerful new robot art movement – ‘robartism’? https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2019/06/02/meet-ai-da-robot-artist-giving-real-painters-run-money/
The UK Department of Transport has utilized AI to improve its MOT standards. 300 examiners testing 23,000 garages meant each garage getting a visit every 1-3 years, on an entirely random basis. Pumping their reams of data into an AI beast allowed them to create a league table of good and bad actors, enabling targeted inspections and even focused inspections, where a garage’s weaknesses are zoomed in on. This has allowed inspectors to cut down on prep time for inspections by 50%. And if a government transport department can do it, anyone can! https://www.gov.uk/government/case-studies/how-the-department-for-transport-used-ai-to-improve-mot-testing
Mastercard has partnered up with Zivelo to create AI-driven voice-recognition software for ordering food in restaurants. This works with interactive, Ai-driven menus, which can change depending on time of day, time of year, weather or even which customer is ordering. Soon the voice barking out at the drive-thru won’t just sound like a robot…
Bonnier AB, the Swedish media group, is made up of 180 smaller companies. So when the EU brought in its GDPR requirements, the group faced a Sisyphean task, since their work model was fairly individuated and manual. So they called in an AI specialist to pool all their data streams and automate those time-consuming (and frankly dull) processes. Now their employees can concentrate on making news. https://cio.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/strategy-and-management/using-ai-to-clean-business-data-create-insights-says-accenture-honcho/69785997
Adobe have been working with Berkeley researchers to educate AI in the recognition of doctored photos (doctored, in the interests of full disclosure, using Adobe’s own Photoshop software). This is considered a vital tool now that deepfake faces are fooling everyone. While the human eye on average spots a fake 53% of the time, their AI software is hitting 99% accuracy!
Tesco has always been on the frontline for technology, and now it is throwing its considerable weight behind AI. The massive data chunks it gets every day is unmanageable otherwise, but now it can understand, among other things, when shelves will run low and when fridges and freezers will need servicing. Also, customer behaviour, and how the shopper actually behaves in a supermarket, could turn shelf arrangement on its head.