Smartphone AI: What Are Some Applications Of Applied Artificial Intelligence? With humanity’s foot still firmly pressed on the digital revolution’s gas pedal, are we finally approaching a realm where our creations are primed to assume the driver’s seat? AI is here, and it has made itself right at home on our favorite mobile devices.
At this point, we may be several years away from the flying car-laden smart metropolises depicted in The Jetsons. However, the advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in smartphones and tablets certainly represents a turning point toward unlimited possibilities. Let us begin.
What Is Applied Artificial Intelligence?
As we recently discussed in our article “Smartphone AI: Helpful Artificial Intelligence For The Beginner,” Artificial Intelligence works to duplicate the human mind using hardware and software. The principles of Applied Artificial Intelligence or Applied AI is a field that utilizes Artificial Intelligence and puts it to work to improve and expand software applications in the design of a product, creation, or use.
Applied AI’s Artificial Intelligence can be modeled and automated with Machine Learning and Deep Learning algorithms. These programs are used in everything from Self Driving Cars and Robotics to Chatbots and Smartphones. You can also have AI without machine learning.
Applied AI can be used to help decide what someone is likely to buy, predict stock prices, or alter your portrait with an App like TouchRetouch through iTunes or Android. Applied AI Natural Language Processing (NLP), deep learning, and neural networks could be used in language translation, games, recognizing handwriting or faces, and gathering information from its surroundings through sensors.
The field is vast and possibilities endless, and is so exciting for the future of artificial intelligence.
What Are Some of the Uses of Applied Artificial Intelligence?
This is a concise list of products and industries that Applied AI is involved with, and the list is far too vast to mention here.
- The Internet of Things
- Self-driving Vehicles
- Smartphone Mobile Technolgy
- Mobile Application Development
- Health Care
Mobile Application (App) Development
We cannot talk about mobile AI applications without mentioning Miss Siri, the exceptionally helpful (and hilariously sharp-witted) virtual assistant from Tim Cook and Co. Siri is, by far, Apple’s most innovative stroke of the last decade. We love the night mode on the iPhone 12’s True Depth front camera, among other things, but Siri edges out the competition in certain areas. Former Apple CEO John Scully’s “Knowledge Navigator” vision has finally been realized.
Her pre-existing knowledge base is astounding enough. However, her capacity for exponential learning curves across various topics is utterly mind-blowing. The fact that referring to the software as “her” feels normal is a testament to the immersion)—true machine-learning brilliance from Apple.
Siri sets, manages, and reminds you of appointments and other important calendar events. Like any star assistant, she shows plenty of timely initiative as well. Expect prompts to call loved ones on birthdays, as well as gift shopping reminders for upcoming holidays and anniversaries. Another cool feature is the interactive text assistance. For example, if I were to text my friend that “Tony’s number is…”, the AI would immediately offer a side-scroll list of all the Tony’s in my contacts.
The incremental establishment of the Apple ecosystem makes much more sense, thanks to how Siri ties it all together. Seamless transition from iOS to macOS to watchOS, and more. A hand-in-glove fit with Apple’s own AirPods, in addition to excellent compatibility with a host of other non-Apple audio devices.
Siri combines voice queries, focus-tracking, and gesture-based controls, all on top of a natural-language user interface (NLUI). All of this cutting-edge technology just so you two can engage in “knock-knock” jokes. In all seriousness, the timetabling, proactiveness, and ever-expanding knowledge base makes this AI a duck to water in the lives of both students and professionals.
Siri And DARPA
Initially launched in 2010, Siri originally belonged to the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and SRI International. It was founded by Adam Cheyer, Tom Gruber, and Dag Kittlaus. The latter named the project “Siri,” which is Norwegian for “beautiful woman who leads you to victory.”
Siri branched out from DARPA’s “Cognitive Assistant that Learns and Organizes” (CALO) AI project, carried out at the SRI International Artificial Intelligence Center. The original concept was built on SRI’s Active Platform, while the speech recognition engine was the brainchild of Nuance Communications.
Siri was released in February 2010 and was purchased by Apple two months later for a figure reported to be north of $200 million…just another routine masterstroke by the late (and forever great) Steve Jobs. Cheyer stayed on as an iPhone group director of engineering to help integrate Siri into the then-upcoming iPhone 4S. At this point, Apple removed Siri as a standalone app in its App Store and placed the AI software as one of the centerpiece exclusives on the new 4S in 2011. The rest is, as they say, history.
Today, Siri is also integrated into AppleTV and the HomePod. The AI’s features list expands every year, with no end in sight. Some of the more noteworthy features include:
- Access simple information such as how much battery you have left or weather information through voice commands.
- Mapwork and points of interest. You can ask Siri for good coffee shops or museums near you, for instance.
- Payments via ApplePay.
- Native app integration. E.g., “Hey Siri, play George Straight” to launch Apple Music.
- Sports and recreation. You can enquire about sports scores, concert ticket availability, book fairs, and much more.
- Basic internet searches and queries. E.g., “Hey Siri, what’s the capital of Norway?”
You can review our other article on Smartphone AI: Apple’s Siri.
Not to be outdone by their eternal rivals, Google introduced its own incredible AI assistant in 2016. While Apple’s Siri had, and still retains, a marketing and popularity edge, the Google Assistant makes up for it with its wide availability across multiple devices and manufacturers. This AI application is set to be a key player in the Internet of Things (IoT) landscape in the upcoming years and decades. It has already established itself as the most used virtual assistant in the smartphone arena.
The AI’s entire purpose is to offer hands-free functionality of mobile and smart home devices. You can enquire about the weather, find the best routes on Google Maps, as well as remotely manage several smart devices. With fellow Alphabet subsidiary Waymo ramping up the development of self-driving cars and trucks, a collaboration with Google Assistant might yet bring our Jetson’s dream to life.
The software is coded in C++, and Google allows for third-party development and enhancements. The virtual assistant is officially available and supported on:
- Google Nest
- Android TV
- Chrome OS
- Wear OS
- Headphones and smart speakers
- Smart Displays
Google Assistant is also available as a standalone application for Apple’s iOS and iPadOS.
Google Assistant Versatility
Google Assistant can be engaged via natural voice commands or keyboard input. Unlike Google’s previous crack at a virtual assistant, Google Now, this iteration allows for two-way communication. The software is voiced by Google spam destroyer, Kiki Baessell. Writer and actress Issa Rae, of Insecure fame, is a limited time secondary voice option.
The virtual assistant helps you manage calendar events to help your productivity. You can also set alarms and timers that can be cut off with voice commands. As with Google Now, you can use Google Assistant for hands-free calling, texting, and emails. You can also request that the assistant read back your texts and mail before sending them.
Google Assistant also shines when it comes to playing music and managing compatible smart devices. For your music, the AI is advanced enough to maneuver through various streaming services like Pandora, Spotify, and Deezer. For your smart home, you can issue commands to switch lights on or off, open or close garage doors, and anything else you can think of.
For the last few years, Google has also been working on Duplex, which they officially announced in 2018. Duplex is an autonomous AI off-shoot of the Google Assistant platform, which can more accurately mimic human voices, speech mannerisms, and tonality. Think of your “hm” or “hold on a sec” kind of filler speech. At this point, Duplex is mainly capable of autonomous calls to book appointments and make restaurant reservations.
You can review our other article on Smartphone AI: Google Assistant on an iPhone.
While not nearly as popular as the aforementioned behemoths above, the English Language Speech Assistant (ELSA) is still a neat and tidy example of AI’s awesome capabilities in the smartphone space. The virtual pronunciation coach is a handy way for non-English speakers to learn the language. The app will also guide users on how to master American English tonality, phrasing, and accents.
The app was launched in 2016 and immediately earned rave reviews and awards from education industry experts in the US and beyond. Countless people worldwide use the AI-powered app to study for proficiency tests like IELTS, TOEIC, and more.
ELSA’s AI works together with deep learning and speech recognition to provide user-specific curricula. The software tests the user’s pronunciation aptitude before offering immediate feedback on specific sound or tone errors. The tests are formulated and revised by several English language experts. A proficiency score is issued upon completion, and this serves as the basis for the issued curricula. Users can easily track progress as they tackle the numerous mini-lessons and video tutorials.
This awesome AI application is available on both Android and iOS.
The burgeoning but still controversial world of artificial intelligence-based therapy has gained considerable momentum as the world finally comes to grips with the real importance of mental health. At the cutting edge of these “smart therapy” applications is Youper. This mental health assistant and tracker is designed and engineered to help users build up their mental strength.
Founded by Diego Dotta Couto, Thiago Marafon, and Dr. Jose Hamilton Vargas in 2016, Youper has taken both Android and iOS users by storm.
The app conducts an initial assessment to gain a quick insight into your mental wellbeing. It then allows for user engagement via a text-based interface, almost as if you were texting a loved one. You would be talking to an AI overseen by Dr. Vargas and his team of experts. When you describe certain scenarios or events concerning you, the app will ask how they make you feel. You are then asked to pick from several on-screen “bubbles,” each with a specific emotion that the AI considers potentially relevant.
Over time, Youper charts these emotional responses on a professionally designed scale that is well labeled and easy to understand. As the AI gains a clearer picture of your emotional composition, it will recommend, and guide you through, healthy coping behaviors like meditation and breathing exercises.
Although it was developed with various mental health experts and therapists, Youper is not a substitute for real professional help. It is only meant as a self-help guide that helps users cope with anxiety and other mental strains.
Final Thoughts on Applications of Applied Artificial Intelligence
For business or private industry, future technological innovation with Applications of Applied Artificial Intelligence give us hope for the future, and the future is our children and grandchildren.
Whether it is for agricultural software, environmental weather forecasting applications, or self-driving electric or hydrogen-powered vehicles, a machine’s ability to think like humans and beyond will be the catalyst for change.