The unexpected ways AI will change your life – without you even noticing

Humanity is constantly being warned of the danger Artificial Intelligence poses to us.

Prominent figures such as Steven Hawking and Elon Musk have expressed fears that self-aware machines of the future will see humanity as irrelevant, even unnecessary.

But many people don’t realise that AI is already with us, and far from planning to take over the world it’s making itself useful in dozens of different ways.

For example, it is already helping thousands of people with their love lives.

Just under a third of relationships in the UK between 2015 and 2019 started online. By 2035 that proportion is expected to rise to about half.

Researchers from the University of South Carolina (USC) have created an algorithm which can predict if you and your partner are likely to last the course. It can even tell you roughly when any potential split will happen.

The USC tool analysed 134 therapy sessions, studying how long both parties spoke, the tone and even what words were used to identify how long the relationship will last. The predictions were correct in 76% of cases.

If you and your special someone do get together, AI can help make your honeymoon hotel perfect.

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According to ABC Finance, hotel chain Marriott is using artificial intelligence to create the "hotel room of the future".

In these next-generation AI rooms, you will control every aspect of the lighting, the air conditioning, even the temperature of the shower, with your voice.

Once you leave, the room will save your preferences and, next time you stop, will draw on those and create the "perfect" hotel room for you to unwind.

So, if you like to meditate every morning in a warm room with dim lights, the AI hotel room will make sure to remember.

Speaking of hotel rooms, bed bug infestations have grown by a rapid 4,500% in the past few years and even the most hard-working hotel cleaners can only catch a third of bug infestations before the guests sleep in the rooms.

But, AI could be coming to the rescue. Pest control specialists Spotta have designed a new generation of "Bed Pod" bug traps equipped with smart image recognition that can detect the nasty little creatures before they become out of control.

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But even if you never leave the house, AI is watching over you.

Netflix has 167 million subscribers worldwide, with 15.6 million in the UK alone. But, did you know that it’s not you who chooses what to watch, but artificial intelligence?

Seventy-five per cent of us select movies and TV shows based on Netflix’s recommendations. These are based on Netflix analysing your behaviour from the very moment you sign up, tracking your viewing habits and placing you within ‘taste communities’.

But they don’t just recommend any old films.

Netflix’s AI recommendation engine knows what you’re likely to want to watch throughout the week – suggesting different films and shows depending on which day you browse.

It’s still possible that a malevolent artificial intelligence of the far future will decide to exterminate mankind, but it’s more likely that these invisible agents will carry on working away in the background, making our lives more interesting, enjoyable and romantic.

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