Alexa, Siri, Cortana, Genny – these aren’t just chart-topping baby names, they are also familiar household names. Many use Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistants on a daily basis. They allow us to communicate hands-free to accomplish everyday tasks at home and at work like playing our favorite tunes, find our way around town, log EHS concerns, and even ask about the weather. AI extends beyond the everyday assistant to help keep workers safe and lend a helping “hand” in the workplace, such as Gensuite’s AI helper, Genny™. What industries in particular are being changed by Artificial Intelligence and how is AI training powering these industries? Here’s a rundown on 3 industries impacted by AI.
Manufacturing. AI in manufacturing allows industries to drop costs and make complex decisions easier and faster than ever before. With machine learning, robots and AI assistants can discover meaningful and flexible patterns allowing them to do what we tell them. And better machine senses mean a safer workplace. In manufacturing, AI is also increasingly important in predictive maintenance for equipment, with sensors tracking operating conditions and performance of factory tooling, learning to predict breakdowns and malfunctions, and taking or recommending preemptive actions. As AI continues to advance, they will be more effective at making things, making them better, and making them cheaper. But there is no substitute for human ingenuity in dealing with the unexpected changes in tastes and demands – or in deciding whether to make things at all.
Construction. Artificial Intelligence helps throughout the many steps surrounding the construction planning and implementation process. AI can be used in the creation of construction plans. Autonomous equipment is considered as AI, as it is aware of its surroundings and can navigate without human input. In the planning stages, AI machinery can survey a proposed construction site and gather enough information to create 3D maps, blueprints and construction plans. Once construction has begun, AI is also being used to manage projects and control tasks. For example, workers can input sick days, vacancies and sudden departures into a data system and it will adapt the project accordingly. AI understands that the task must be moved to another employee. AI databases are now helping to inform engineers on how specific projects should be constructed. Once a new building is finished, whether used for commercial purposes or for a new housing development, AI systems can be used inside the structure, such as an Amazon Echo. These devices can be used for aspects of the room such as lighting and temperature.
Healthcare. Artificial Intelligence has a large role in the healthcare industry, from AI-assisted robotic surgery to virtual nursing assistants. During AI-robotic surgery, robots can analyze data from pre-op medical records to guide a surgeon’s instrument during surgery, which can lead to a 21% reduction in a patient’s hospital stay. Robot-assisted surgery is considered minimally invasive, so patients won’t need to heal from large incisions. Via artificial intelligence, robots can use data from past operations to inform new surgical techniques. AI also allows the healthcare industry access to virtual nursing assistants. From interacting with patients to directing patients to the most effective care setting, virtual nursing assistants could save the healthcare industry $20 billion annually. Since virtual nurses are available 24/7, they can answer questions, monitor patients and provide quick answers. Most applications of virtual nursing assistants today allow for more regular communication between patients and care providers between office visits to prevent hospital readmission or unnecessary hospital visits.
Training with Artificial Intelligence (AI). Artificial Intelligence in training takes on a few different forms, which is helpful to the many different types of learners out there.
- Learning on Employees can be overwhelmed at work and typically only have 20 minutes a week to set aside for learning. The introduction of artificial intelligence technologies to learning on demand provides additional speed and accessibility offered to employees.
- Customized Learning. There are thousands of providers and platforms that can be accessed at a moment’s notice. Today, there are coaching, culture, management and live mentor apps, all of which are becoming more sophisticated thanks to AI. There are also several platforms with self-directed courses.
- Blended Learning. The ultimate goal in the AI field is to create virtual human-like characters who can think, act, react and interact in a natural way, responding to and using both verbal and nonverbal communication. However, this isn’t the end of human interaction. It is more sustainable to engage with the “4 e’s of learning” at work: education, experience, environment and exposure. Thus, striking a balance between human and machine may be the perfect way to learn.
Artificial Intelligence is shaking up nearly every industry – not just these three. It is embedding itself into our daily lives making our jobs easier and keeping us safe. Nearly every time we interact with our phones or machines at work, we are working with AI. AI isn’t slowing down. It’s topping the charts. How do you connect with AI? See how Gensuite connects and works with AI in the workplace – contact us today.