Just a few years ago, Artificial Intelligence (AI) was just something geeks talked about. It was out there in the future, lumped in with science fiction. But, the times are changing—and fast. These days AI is being applied to pretty much every industry and is transforming the way we think about getting work done and living our daily lives. Here are 4 industries in which AI is making its presence felt:

1. Medicine and Healthcare

The medical field has been revolutionized by artificial intelligence. It’s way ahead of the curve already in actively using AI in everyday situations in order to better our lives. There are endless AI applications in treating patients and developing new medicines and cures, and in streamlining and handling patient records.

For example, because it takes so long to develop and test a new drug, medical researchers are using AI systems to help them explore the myriad of ways that new drugs can be developed and processed through the FDA system faster. So too, in the immunology and genetics fields, using AI, medical personnel can do body scans to find cancers and heart disease symptoms faster and more precisely, thus saving lives.

2. Entertainment

In 2014, when augmented reality was first starting to be talked about in technical circles, it seemed like a fad. How could AI be used to change the way that we see reality, to lay another level of reality over the one we walk through in our daily lives?

And then Pokemon came out with the Pokemon Go app and overnight the game became a global sensation. Incorporating GPS, people of all ages started using their smartphones to go out and play a game in public with others. This hyper-social form of entertainment did more than just delight though. It gave people a real taste of just what AI is capable of creating. Look to see many more uses of AI in the augmented reality and entertainment field in the next few years. Big players like Sony, Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook—and the Hollywood studios—are counting on it.

3. Communications and Marketing

“Hey, Alexa, tell me where I can get Mexican food in my neighborhood.” One request and you get all the information you need automatically, spoken out loud to you. AI-driven communications technologies like this help people in their daily chores and are especially life-changing for the blind and disabled.

In addition, within the digital marketing field, a small business can increase its sales with current customers and have conversations with prospective customers just by adding a simple AI chatbot to their website or social media account. Re-marketing ads, enhanced with AI, also help marketers to increase their conversion rates.

4. Transportation

Twenty years ago, when the average person thought about what life would be like in the year 2020, they often imagined flying cars. Though that might not be a reality in a few years, the way that AI is changing transportation is mind-boggling.

Today, as you read this, self-driving vehicles are being tested and refined by major U.S. and foreign automakers, all powered by AI. And the trucking industry is being altered forever. With 4,311 fatal large truck and bus accidents in 2015, it’s important that we continually look for safter ways to transport goods. What’s being referred to as “autonomous driving technology,” is starting to be used to develop the transportation industry of the future. A recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers says that by 2025, fleet owners could achieve savings of 15% or more a year by using AI-controlled long-haul trucks.

The medical field has been revolutionized by artificial intelligence, as well as the Entertainment, Communications and Marketing, and Transportation fields. These four industries represent some of the most visible and viable AI applications to date.

So, get ready for a wild ride. Buckle up, be observant, and be open to all of the amazing changes ahead brought to us, courtesy of AI.

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