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Industries Where Artificial Intelligence Would Be Beneficial

Industries Where Artificial Intelligence Would Be Beneficial

Industries Where Artificial Intelligence Would Be Beneficial


Industries, like any other technological revolution, will likely be one of the first to put artificial intelligence to use. Industries such as manufacturing, transportation, and service sectors already use computers and software to their advantage. The opportunities are endless and these industries are seeing many new opportunities arise every day. The advances being made by software programs are increasing not only in accuracy but also in speed and flexibility.


How do I know? I am a roboticist at Carnegie Mellon University. We create and research computer software systems specifically for industries such as factories, transportation, warehousing, and even services. In my opinion, industries, where artificial intelligence would be most beneficial, would be energy, transportation, and Logistics. Why? Because all three of these sectors rely on complex systems and each one has a large number of sensors.


Energy produces electricity and fuels. If we cannot manufacture an artificial intelligence system that can monitor and control these systems, we will be in big trouble. If we can make one that is reliable enough to oversee them, then we will have solved our current energy problems. The same holds true for transportation. We would be much safer if we had the ability to keep track of traffic congestion, emissions, and accidents at the same time.


Warehousing involves the movement of large amounts of products from one place to another. There are also software systems that monitor and control the inventory. If we are to use this software, then we must also have the ability to monitor the activities of warehouse workers. That sounds like a lot of work. Not only does it require a huge network of employees, but it also requires the software to be robust enough to handle unexpected events.


Logistics will require trucking software that will monitor fuel costs, route management, and driver performance. It would need trucking software that can handle loads of materials without fail. If there were no trucks, then how could we deliver goods to the customer’s door? In addition, if we did not have enough trucks, then how could we deliver more goods per day?


Industries like banking, insurance, and stock trading are in essence about market activity. In order for these industries to stay afloat, they must make use of sophisticated computer systems. They may use artificial intelligence to help them analyze their data, make decisions, and set up their financial plans. However, even with sophisticated A.I., human intervention still plays a crucial role. If a mistake is made in the financial system, it can wipe out the entire balance sheet of a bank.


Computers do not play as much of a role in public services as law enforcement or firefighting. Firefighting, of course, is about putting out fires. Since it is not about preventing fires, it would be absurd to expect software to do it. However, this software, in conjunction with agents, can prevent crimes like theft from happening. By preventing crime, the government would get more tax dollars and the criminals would be punished.


There are so many industries where artificial intelligence would be advantageous. The list goes on. For now, let’s just say that it is possible for A.I. to replace most of the jobs. We can probably foresee many other future developments where A.I. will not only be helpful but also indispensable.


Many industries, like the airline industry, already use complex computer systems to monitor their fleet. If A.I. was implemented in those systems, they could tell the airline pilot when to add or decrease the airspeed for a particular flight and also when to make a landing if there was an emergency.


The military is currently using similar types of systems to keep track of its soldiers. If the enemy attacked, these systems could notify the military thus allowing them to react quickly. Also, if there was an emergency situation, A.I. could determine the most reasonable way to protect lives by fighting back or withdraw. This might mean using machine guns, explosives, or even robots like MRIs. None of these systems would work without the cooperation of humans, which is where A.I.


There are still many other industries where artificial intelligence would be advantageous. It is likely that more companies and businesses will begin to implement this technology. They will likely do so gradually to ensure that they do not lose out on profits. They may even adopt the technology and create even more advanced versions.

© 2021 Muhammad Ashfaq ahmad

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