The machines have not taken over. Not yet at least. But, they're seeping their way into our lives, influencing how we live, work and entertain ourselves. From voice-powered personal assistants like Alexa and Siri to more underlying and fundamental technologies such as behavioral algorithms, suggestive searches and autonomously-powered self-driving vehicles boasting powerful predictive capabilities, there are several instances and applications of artificial intelligence in use today.
Almost everyone is familiar with Apple's personal assistant, Siri. She is the friendly voice-activated computer that we interact with every day. She helps us find information, gives us directions, add events to our calendars, helps us send messages and so on. Siri is a pseudo-intelligent digital personal assistant. She uses machine-learning technology to get smarter and better able to predict and understand our natural-language questions and requests.
Alexa's surge to become the smart home's hub has been somewhat meteoric. When Amazon originally introduced Alexa, it took much of the world by storm. Nevertheless, its usefulness and its uncanny ability to interpret speech from anywhere in the room has made it a revolutionary product that can assist us search the web for information, schedule appointments, shop, set alarms and a million other things, but also help power our smart homes and be a channel for those that might have limited mobility.
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