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Artificial Intelligence or AI is “the intelligence exhibited by machines or software.” This also includes the study of how to create computer and computer software with intelligence. Artificial Intelligence is more actually extremely common. Nine times out of ten AI is used in your daily life. All of this modern technology being created is considered Artificial Intelligence. For example if you use Siri on your phone, binge watch Netflix shows, order a pizza online, or even fly a toy drone, Artificial Intelligence is being used. AI is more specifically being used to increase efficiency within businesses. AI helps businesses do well and work more efficiently with more computer operated machinery. AI is involved in developing the different types of bots that have been created or are being created. This being said, that means that they are a way of innovating different products and services.

How is Artificial Intelligence related to the Green Economy?

The Green Economy is “an economy that aims at reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities…” The reduction of environmental risks makes development sustainable while protecting the environment. As stated above, AI is involved in a lot of technology. This being so means that it is playing a role in increasing the Green Economy. There has been a huge increase in the development of Artificial Intelligence from 2011 to 2016. The larger these increase the more the Green Economy gains.

How Sustainable is Artificial Intelligence

AI is already impeccably advanced and as time continues it will be further developed. AI offers these advanced opportunities to companies to help “reduce their environmental and social impact” by means of making their company work more efficiently along with bettering their products. One of the biggest factors AI has helped is a pollution problem. When sustainability comes to mind, pollution is the biggest factor against us, but now they have AI to help. When most energy companies create electricity, they do so by burning coal. When the coal is burned they are creating a huge byproduct of nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is an extremely strong greenhouse gas that causes climate change. Like some other greenhouse gases, nitrous oxide also harms the ozone layer. Therefore, burning coal directly affects the green economy in the most harmful way. How AI is helping this problem is by stimulating the human brain when these greenhouses are released. This data is quickly analyzed and recommendations for adjustment are made. These adjustments help reduce the amount of nitrous oxide that is released while still keeping the same rate of production. Once this was seen to be working, many other coal burning companies began to use it as well. So when they ask if AI will be sustainable, this is a definite yes. AI hasn’t even reached its full potential yet and it is already helping one of the largest world-wide problems. AI is showing how technological advances are used for the greater good.



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We’ve all heard someone say “robots are going to take over the world.” In a way, technology is being advanced to the point where this is possible. Some may not have noticed, but robots are being used for various different tasks. As time goes on these tasks they are able to perform are becoming more and more advanced. Artificial Intelligence Applications are “bots” such as Siri, Cortana and Alexa that are being introduced to our daily lives. These bots are programs that are designed to behave like a player or person. In order to do this, these bots are made with an autonomous program on a network such as the internet that interacts with computer systems or users. Bots are progressing and are being used for even more technological advances. Now the question is why and how are these bots assigned a gender?

Female and Male Bots

It is said that male engineering groups typically give female names to the bots they create. This is because the female voice is found to be more calming and that results in a more comfortable connection between a human and a bot. Although they try to say this is false and their bots are not gender specified, gender is shown through the voice, appearance (if shown) and name of the bot. Although a lot of bots are thought to be women, there are a lot of men bots as well and the numbers are closer than many would think. These male bots are mainly seen in movies as robots. Some movies with male bots would be Wall-E, iRobot, and Star Wars just to name a few. This does not exclude female bots from being in movies, such as the movie “Her,” it simply is justifying that male ones are more common.

What are these bots used for?

Almost every smart phone or gaming console is equipped with a bot. Some examples were listed earlier. The most well-known bot would be Siri. Siri is the Apple IPhone bot that assists in calling, texting, setting reminders or alarms and much more. Although Siri seems like a gender neutral name, the voice no matter the accent is a bit more feminine. A noticeably female bot would be Amazon’s Alexa. Alexa is very much like Siri except rather than being on a phone; this bot is its own individual product. Alexa is always listening and answers to what you ask or say. These bots are very useful and resourceful, but there are bots being created to be used for tasks that are even further advanced. Some things they are now being used for are: Self-driving cars, assistants and customer service. The most well-known advancement would probably be customer service. Everyone has seen how store after store is becoming equipped with self-checkout stations. These stations (that are operated by bots) are taking the jobs of human beings but are part of developing a better technology filled future. Having these bot controlled check out stations and virtual assistants has helped lead to the development of self-driving cars. So when they say robots are taking over the world they are pretty accurate.