What is Artificial Intelligence? And How Does an Online Journal use AI?

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A decent spot to begin is posing the question, what precisely is AI? Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing how we interact with computers, how we relate to each other, and how we can live better lives. Most people are unclear what this technology is despite the massive impact AI has had on our society. To start, let’s dispel the myth of AI as robots resolved to annihilate humanity as portrayed in numerous movies. You can have confidence that there will not be an AI apocalypse any time soon. The truth of AI is much more commonplace.

I often tell my students not to be misled by the name ‘artificial intelligence’ – there is nothing artificial about it. AI is made by humans, intended to behave by humans, and, ultimately, to impact humans’ lives and human society.

Fei-Fei Li

Tool use has been the defining trait of human culture since the dawn of time. AI is a tool just like the sharpened stick, wheel, printing press, and computers. Human intelligence can be characterized by our capacity to learn and adapt to new environments. Artificial Intelligence is a means to enable computers to learn and use information in a human-like fashion. This may sound puzzling, but you interact with AI every time you speak to a virtual assistant or smart speaker, search on the web, or fly on a plane (which is predominately controlled by an AI autopilot).

AI does not keep me up at night. Almost no one is working on conscious machines. Deep learning algorithms, or Google search, or Facebook personalization, or Siri or self driving cars or Watson, those have the same relationship to conscious machines as a toaster does to a chess-playing computer.

Ramez Naam

Artificial Intelligence has beaten humanity’s chess grandmasters and Jeopardy champions, however there are numerous areas that are easy for humans but remain a challenge AI, such as, creativity and emotional intelligence. Moreover, we can perform broad range of tasks well whereas AI is limited to narrow slices of greatness. An AI Jeopardy champion doesn’t know how to play chess and an AI chess grandmaster can’t answer a single Jeopardy question correctly. For the moment, humanity can sleep soundly in their beds confident of their superiority over machines.

We can build a much brighter future where humans are relieved of menial work using AI capabilities.

Andrew Ng

While a single AI will not be able to challenge us in our diverse abilities for a long time to come, the use of AI is radically increasing. It is hard to think of an industry or part of our lives that won’t be changed by AI. This includes everything from healthcare, education,  manufacturing, and even writing in a journal. Yes, artificial intelligence can be used in a myriad of ways to transform the practice of keeping a journal.

Natural Language Processing (NLP), speech-to-text, and computer vision are used to create the optimal user experience.

NLP methods interpret the substance of journal entries as positive or negative notifying you to improving or worsening emotional state. This enables the capability to search journal entries by the emotions present. In addition, entries are categorized using NLP into topics which can conveniently be searched to easily find all entries on a particular subject.

The best journal or diary is basically one that people will regularly use. AI technology alters the journaling experience by enabling users to record video. Numerous individuals find it simpler and more natural to speak than type. This is particularly useful for those with dyslexia or other challenges with writing and typing. An additional advantage of video is the rich emotional content recorded such as facial expressions and the rhythm and pitch of the voice. The AI technique commonly referred to as “speech-to-text” takes spoken words and transforms them into text. The previously mentioned NLP techniques process the converted text to identify topics and allow the searching of video recordings.

AI further upgrades the journaling experience by utilizing computer vision to extract the most information out of images. These methods recognize objects in photos making it possible to search for photos containing particular items. Also, faces are detected, and the feelings of people classified as joy, sorrow, anger, surprise, among others. Computer vision additionally reads text in images making it possible to transcribe photos of handwritten entries.

Our goal with Memairy to aid people to process emotions and experiences, deepen self-awareness, and improve your mental well-being. Read more about how Memairy uses artificial intelligence to create the best online journal app experience.