Aside from the Trump x Russia scandal, there seems to be no hotter topic than AI. Whether it’s technology, entertainment, or literature, we're obsessed with the technology and idea that our species is moving further and further away from human interaction.
Even though we commonly think to the future when the topic of AI arises, it’s undeniable that the tech is already engrained in so much of what we do already, often without our knowledge. Whether it's eCommerce or Social Media, ambitions for AI is showing no signs of slowing down.
Keep reading to check out some fun and accessible AI technology on the market today (that’s not Siri or Alexa), so you can get to know the enemy before they take over the world.
Some of us need a personal trainer to spew profanities in our ear to get us pumped, but if you’re a bit more self-motivated, a bot like Mara might be enough to guide you through your workouts. Mara is a smart running assistant that will keep track of your speed and location, update you on the weather, play your favourite music, and detail your progress after. The best part is that all of this is done through your microphone.
What is the most perennial first-world problem of today? Deciding what to watch on Netflix, of course. If you’re constantly asking for recommendations on what to watch, listen, read, or play next, then TasteKid is the bot to replace your friends. All you need to do is input a TV show or movie you enjoyed, and the platform will list a number of AI-sourced recommendations. Like with all AI technology, it will only get smarter as time goes on, and know your tastes more and more intimately.
Okay, what’s the second most pressing first world problem? Issues with your WiFi connection! Wixi monitors your time spent and bandwidth use to diagnose the cause of your connectivity problems, and often solve the problem by, for instance, restarting your gateway. In cases where they can’t help, they’ll direct you to customer support, making common network problems a thing for people with no bot friends.
The Roomba was a big deal when it first landed on the market 15 years ago, but it now allows you to take your laziness to a new level by introducing a vacuum that tracks which areas of your home still needs to be cleaned. It uses visual landmarks to navigate, knows which functions to use on what type of floor, and is smart enough to return to its charging dock when it needs more fuel.
Have you ever wanted a personal assistant just to sort out your meetings for you? Let’s face it, the back and forth emails needed to schedule a meeting for busy people is a seriously dreaded task. But the good news is X can take care of this simple PA task. Simply cc your the bot in your email, and it'll contact the other party and schedule it in your calendar for you. Like magic!
Even though Ara is still in its beta version, there are high hopes for this budgeting bot, as it makes managing finances more accessible to all. You can input your transactions, set spending budgets, and create spending categories. It’s also free and will live our of Facebook Messenger, so there’s really not excuse to not manage your spending.
This bot might come across as a bit pointless at first, but let’s not forget how integral social media has become in our daily interactions on every level. Hashley looks at the subject matter in your photos and composes relevant comments and finds popular hashtags, which is an extremely valuable tool for businesses especially. Of course, the bot will learn as it goes, so it will eventually be as sarcastic as you are.
Today’s entrepreneurs do not like getting tied down and are inherently drawn towards options that let them progress at their own growth-plan. Personalisation and a sense of creative freedom has picked up the pace and is here to not only rule but also dominate the work culture.
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