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14 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I SEPTEMBER 2018 to groundbreaking companies like NVIDIA. Virtual personal assistants such as Cortana, Alexa, Hey Google and Siri are now part of our everyday lives. Today's military training simu- lators and popular first-person shooting games such as "Far Cry" and "Call of Duty" make sig- nificant use of AI by utilizing artificial enemies that can analyze the user's environments and actions, as well as find objects and calculate actions that might be beneficial to the user's survival and victory. Drones and robots have made plenty of head- lines lately. Contract manufacturers in Asia boast of their plans to replace workers with robots capable of doing extremely technical assembly work. Drone hardware has also improved quite a bit in the past few years alone, and the cost of a drone has dropped dramatically. Once just expensive playthings, today's drones often feature an HD camera and sell for a few hundred dollars. As their AI improves, we will see more and more drones and robots. As AI and machine learning con- tinues to improve, there will be more communications and more human- sounding conversations between us and our digital assistants like Cortana, Alexa and Google Home. At CES, I expect to see a horde of new assistants that have learned to speak naturally. I also expect to see significant progress from as-yet unknown companies. After all, none of us are really that happy with the digital assistants that are available today, and most of us are concerned that we are inad- vertently providing way too much information to the likes of Google or Facebook. Because of AI, we now have fraud detection that happens faster than the blink of an eye, and purchase prediction such as Amazon's predicted anticipatory shipping project. This handy feature plans to send you items before you think you need them. The point is that AI is part of our lives and it is not as new as the Figure 1: An AI server farm. Figure 2: Games such as "Call of Duty" have helped make AI a mainstream technology. Figure 3: Fraud detection has come a long way, thanks in part to AI.

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