Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence

July 18, 2018

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is now a commonly heard phrase. It has certainly captured the imagination of people owing to use of robots in movies and popular characters like Optimus Prime in The Transformers. AI is a combination of various branches of knowledge, intuition and skill-sets. The harder aspect is giving it the decision making and moral compass of humans. But we are inching closer. AI is now being interwoven as an intricate part of standard machinery in various fields and has far-reaching industrial application than one can imagine.

The common fear is that AI will take over human jobs but in reality, it will dispose of the extra time spent in organizing and “hygiene” aspects of a job, like maintaining logs, cleaning workspaces, repetitive tasks which can be coded easily. It will leave humans more time and brain time to think over more complex aspects of engineering and design.

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AI has become the new input in every aspect of daily things. Let us take a few examples.

Consumer Side

Take the engineering of a smartphone which uses voice commands to function and operate. Products like Amazon Echo, Google Mini and many other voices operated devices and apps are becoming the rage. There are products like Philip Hue which can work on voice and mood sensors to change the lighting.IBM Machine Learning Banner

Selling & Marketing

Use of AI chatbots is another new aspect. Chatbots are becoming the newest inclusion in website technology to increase the range of customer interactions. There are new companies which can enhance the customer’s interactive experience with the company personnel by giving a cue to the service representative on the tone and mood of the client along with previous experiences and their reactions then. This will give a holistic idea to the representative on how to approach and handle the client.

Automotive Intelligence used in Medical

Iprova, a Swiss technology company has come up with AI-based inputs as a means to their R&D. Instead of hiring specialist in each field for solving a problem, it has devised AI as a means to combined intelligence to pick up data points in an activity that can be useful in other areas as well. For example, their progress in autonomous vehicle technology was able to use the functions of machine learning algorithms. This algorithm understood how advanced sensors built into an autonomous vehicle could be used to take measurements from its human passenger. These measurements could be easily taken by applying controlled and prescribed force in the vehicle causing specific movement of the passenger. All this would give a log of various health checks – core body balance, body temperature and responses to certain stimuli that could be used in advance to signal or denote various ailments.

Manufacturing and Industrial Use

Applications such as cloud computing, Machine Learning combined with Big Data are all contributing to the smart and intelligent worker in the form of a bot which can do no wrong. Industrial lines of work such as oil rigs, heavy construction and other projects are making use of data-driven technology which signals and indicates real-time issues that can reduce breakdown, reduce the project timelines and cost overruns. It also helps in precision tooling.

One can see the ubiquitous nature of Artificial Intelligence in everything around us. It will be no surprise that we see repetitive tasks being done by AI-based machines all around the world. For an engineer on the field, the AI bot will be the second brain he can pick to do complex calculations quickly, warn him before exceeding certain errors and giving instructions. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) has changed dramatically owing to AI.

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