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What Is Artificial Intelligence and How Does AI Work with the Cloud?

To understand how artificial intelligence (AI) relates to the cloud, businesses first have to understand artificial intelligence. Contrary to popular culture, AI isn’t some scary thing that’s going to take over humanity. At its core, AI is software that can make decisions and allows machines to act more like humans. They can learn and react to do their jobs better over time, rather than just doing the same things. They learn from existing data, and their primary focus right now is on helping people perform day-to-day tasks better. Artificial intelligence powers many things in people’s day-to-day lives, from finding directions to shopping.

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, defines cloud computing as a model that uses an on-demand network to access a shared, configurable group of resources. This definition does not require a particular kind of computer, or a specific type of location – the “cloud” is essentially a big group of computers that can be accessed on-demand. Clouds can include servers, networks, programs, and storage. They also can create virtual computers, which can free up hardware and ensure that information is available anywhere.

Combining AI with cloud computing opens the door to programs that can process and learn from a massive amount of data, far more than a single computer could process. This is one of the most significant advantages to this approach, processing large amounts of data quickly. Another advantage to this is that data can be distributed among many computers and locations between data centers through the network, so less centralized hardware is needed to do complicated tasks. That means data is safer and it’s cheaper to run large calculations.

Many of the smart devices people use everyday use AI to interact with the cloud. This may not seem obvious, because users are accustomed to hooking the devices up to WiFi. They don’t have to “teach” the devices anything, but those devices don’t have enough processing power in them for too much complexity, either. These smart devices, especially smart speakers, use the data their owners give them to understand better what that person wants. A smart speaker right out of the box, for example, wouldn’t be able to predict right away if its owner liked chocolate hazelnut ice cream.

However, if it saw the user’s grocery purchases, and saw that the user consistently bought chocolate, nuts, and ice cream, it could confidently recommend the chocolate hazelnut ice cream. If the person never had that kind of ice cream before, tried it, and liked it, then cloud AI would have enriched that person’s life, in a small way.

As AI becomes better and can do more things through the cloud, it might be able to change lives in big ways, too. Completely smart, self-cleaning houses, once relegated only to science fiction, might be available one day. Many companies are testing driverless cars, which rely on cloud AI to navigate. For the disabled and elderly, cloud AI could allow them to navigate their homes, meet their own needs, and live independently more easily than ever before.

Cloud AI is already making inroads for these people, and smart assistive devices, like speech software, voice-activated controls, and motion adapters are helping millions. This simple concept, of a network and virtual computers, has the potential to transform how people work, live, and go through their daily lives.

There is a good reason to think that AI will soon be available almost everywhere, just like the cloud. As cloud computing integrates with AI more and more, technology leaders will want to use them to meet their customers’ needs. Cloud computing with AI has already revolutionized the way people store data and interact with the Internet. There have been many breakthroughs in recent years, but the technology itself is still in its infancy. It has changed the lives of many people already, though, so the steps which have already been made may be no match for what the future holds.

Since cloud AI is doing so much for so many people, it is vital that businesses get reliable cloud AI services. SafeNet helps businesses build customized cloud AI networks. Clients are guided every step of the way in building their networks, and SafeNet holds courses and events to help engineers and executives learn the concepts behind cloud AI. In addition to building AI networks, SafeNet offers data and analytics services that help clients understand their data so it can be used to make better business decisions. Management consulting is also available.

SafeNet focuses on building networks for healthcare, manufacturing, and finance, focusing on specific business types so its services can be tailored to their needs. If interested in cloud AI for any of these businesses, contact SafeNet for high-quality services.