Posted by Vi Hughes on Jan 17, 2019
This article has been prepared by Vi Hughes from notes taken by Audrey Martyn.
This past Tuesday we heard from Mike Wade and Ed Bonar from the Concordia Center for Applied Artificial Intelligence. Concordia added Artificial Intelligence (AI) to it’ Research and Education programs two years ago. The center’s focus is the application or artificial intelligence to everyday life. AI is growing in use much more now than it was ten years ago, in the future it will change our world. AI can learn to read, write, speak, draw, interpret material, and to create art and music. AI can demonstrate creativity just like humans. AI can also control and adapt to it’s environment.
AI can help robots to walk, do human activities and react to new situations.  Robots are then able to control themselves without any human oversight.  The use of robots in business will expand greatly in the future. Oxford reports that half of all current human jobs could be done by AI in the future.
AI has helped Google to reduce their data center costs by forty percent. Google also now uses AI for translation as it is cheaper and faster than humans. In the future, AI could help to meet challenges in many fields from business to cancer research. When combined with the growing size of computer power due to technological advances, the use of AI will continue to expand greatly in future. Projects now underway at Concordia include it’s use in Computed Tomography, language programs, student performance tracking and helping with decision making.
Overall, knowledge of the uses of AI will expand job opportunities for our students in the future.