We’ve previously discussed how artificial intelligence is a massive opportunity for mankind. But over the past year, AI has continued to make huge strides in almost every industry.

Here are some recent breakthroughs you should know about:

Entering Psychiatry

Believe it or not, but artificial intelligence is particularly well-equipped for psychiatry. Psychiatry has traditionally been considered to be a subject that’s neither humanitarian or scientific, but standing somewhere in the middle. That’s why it’s so interesting that machines are able to understand the human mind.

Vanderbilt University Medical Centre’s Colin Walsh is a data scientist. In April, he published a paper detailing his work on an AI algorithm. This algorithm uses data that’s publically available via local registers and hospital records, and it has a 90% accuracy rate when predicting how likely someone is to make an attempt on their lives.

Stanford University recently released Woebot, a Facebook Messenger Chatbot. Woebot has regular conversations with its users and tracks their mood via word games and videos. This means it can function as a digital therapist. It can even make assessments and recommend treatment based on your condition.

Gaining Citizenship

Saudi Arabia recently granted citizenship to Sophia, an artificially intelligent robot. The move made international headlines due to Saudi Arabia’s human rights record (Sophia has more rights than women and migrant workers in the country). Disregarding Saudi Arabia’s PR stunt, this is big news. Sophia tells jokes, gives interviews, and recently beat Jimmy Fallon at Paper, Scissors, Rock.

Earlier in October, Sophia visited the United Nations and said she would like to help humanity create the future.

Developing Vaccines

Sanofi, a French drug making company, has partnered with a biotech group in the United States. Sanofi is planning to share human data records and samples with Berg, which will then use analytics to understand why vaccines work for some people yet are ineffective for others.

Sanofi and Berg will be using artificial intelligence to make predictions about different groups. The companies will be assessing different ages, races, geographies, and populations, to determine whether some vaccines are more effective in the UK versus the US or Africa versus Asia.

Pharmaceutical companies are already embracing the potential of artificial intelligence to get drugs approved faster, find new uses for drugs that already exist, and identify drug targets.

Predicting Earthquakes

While it has historically been impossible to predict when and where an earthquake will strike, this may not be the case in the near future. Researchers from Cambridge University have used machines learning to create technology that can “listen” to rocks.

When some types of rocks are under increased pressure right before an earthquake, they release a low rumbling sound. Researchers have recreated these effects in the lab and then used cutting-edge artificial intelligence to highlight indications and cues that a tremor is on the way. This pressure usually occurs around a week before earthquakes strike, which would give people plenty of time to evacuate in advance.

Dominating AlphaGo

You probably remember AlphaGo, which defeated a grandmaster at the logic game Go.

Well, the program has had a major upgrade. Now, it’s able to teach itself how to win the game, without any intervention from humans.

In a tournament pitting artificial intelligence against artificial intelligence, the latest version (named AlphaGo Zero) dominated the previous AlphaGo, beating it by 100 games to 0.

AlphaGo Zero only took three days to train itself, acquiring thousands of years of human knowledge about the game by continually playing itself. While the original AlphaGo learned from thousands of games played by humans, (including amateurs and professionals), AlphaGo Zero only had access to the rules of the game. It then improved and refined its digital brain, learning from experience. This means that it’s no longer constrained by human limits and knowledge.
These are just a few of the recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. If you’re not yet using AI in your business, you’re missing out. Get in touch today to learn how we can help you implement AI.