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When we come across an the AI-supported future, it may make such a statement. But what exactly is AI? Artificial intelligence is the umbrella term for a system in which machines perform human-like services. They learn, judge, and solve problems without our intervention. So how do machines learn? They are fed data. Either as table or text, as image or language. And once they have learned, they are capable of many things. We have some examples for you.

True fortune-telling

Imagine the mailman rings your doorbell. He greets you with the words: “Good morning, here’s your new television set.” Slightly confused you respond that you haven’t ordered anything. But as fate would have it, your old TV set gave up the ghost a few days ago. Your most recent Internet search for new TVs has provided a well-known online retailer with your details – and used them to deliver a new flat-screen to your front door. Now it’s your decision whether to accept the package or send it back. This process is called “predictive shipping”, and has been patent registered. In other words, our future actions are predicted and responded to on the basis of data. Anyone reminded of the film “Minority Report” is not far off the mark here.

AI – Robocop

This film involves the use of artificial intelligence to predict crimes and suppress them before they even happen. A very controversial notion of law and order – but an idea that is already reality. “Future Attribute Screening Technology” is a program developed in 2011 by Homeland Security which uses psychological and physiological indicators of improper intentions to recognize a criminal offense. It weighs criteria such as gender, age, breathing rate, and heartbeat.

AI world champion in board game GO

AI has also taken a seat at the game board. In a 1997 tournament the world chess champion was defeated by a very powerful computer. Things got really interesting in 2011 when the software defeated the excellent GO player Lee Sedol four to one. GO is a considerably more complex game than chess and was long considered a game that could hardly be programed. Yet this AI, unlike in the chess simulation, discovered new moves on its own and developed new combinations that no one had ever seen.

But who develops such systems, meant to one day be “better” than us people?

Swiss Start-Up NNAISENSE

A worldwide leader in the area of artificial intelligence research. Its overriding goal is to develop neuronal network solutions which outperform human perception. In the future, neural AI will be applied to all imaginable automation processes in industry. To reach this goal, NNAISENSE uses SCHOTT specialty glass as an application area.

But we wouldn’t be SCHOTT CERAN® if we didn’t also peep into the future.

AI in the kitchen

Artificial intelligence also offers loads of opportunity here. Some home appliance manufacturers have already come so far that customers need not learn how to operate a device, but rather the other way around – the device gets to know its users better over time and adapts to our preferences and habits. But can AI come up with creative and new recipes, on its own and without the sense of taste? Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) linked hundreds of recipes to AI codes. The result was the AI Strono. Yet despite its culinary knowledge, Strono has brought some rather unappetizing recipes to the surface. But after a bit of optimization, a couple of interesting and quite delicious creations did turn up. For instance, a pizza with blueberries, spinach and feta, or with Italian sausage, shrimp and jam.

If you would like to know what a potential future AI scenario might look like in the kitchen, you can look forward to our next scifi short story “Once upon a time”.

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