Implementing Artificial Intelligence at Work

We all know how the Internet of Things has made it possible to turn everyday devices into sources of raw data for analysis in order to generate business insight. It has also been witnessed that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is making analytics more productive and efficient at workplaces too.

Enterprises expect much more data to be generated in the years to come as compared to the data generated today.

It is believed that AI is now beginning to enter workplaces and corporate organizations, and this change has made leaders revisit their business processes and functions. These days, startups are adopting AI technology to reduce manpower, increase work efficiency and save time. AI can generate insights, provide remote and virtual assistance, and analyze unstructured data generated by everyday devices. Specialists predict that more than 62 per cent enterprises would start implementing AI applications in some way by the end of 2018 and a major reason for this are a lot of benefits AI has provided to the enterprises.

According to a survey by Demand base, about 80 per cent of decision makers predict that AI will revolutionize marketing by 2020.

AI along with neural networks decipher discrete data in no time, and make sure a perfect solution is placed at the decision maker’s fingertips. The data being generated is continuously being updated, which also means the machine learning models too will be updated at regular intervals. The enterprises would be able to access up-to-date information – breakthrough insights — that can be useful for rapidly changing business environments. Here are three most important ways in which AI benefits workplaces:

1. Faster decision-making with more confidence: What if something goes wrong with the manufacturing plant at your industry, what would you fix first? I am sure most of the employees working on that plant would be clueless. In such cases, AI helps the maintenance team to decide what to fix first with confidence, as AI would automate and line up the decision-making processes for the maintenance team.

2. Accessing insights from Big Data: An exciting opportunity after implementing AI in your workplace is AI’s ability to recognize and understand patterns in Big Data that humans cannot.

3. Protecting sensitive data: AI enables elimination of human error which in turn helps improve output quality and strengthen cyber security.

A noticeable difference has been seen in the roles of employees, after deployment of AI. More attention is given on managing and on implementing strategic initiatives and at the same time analytic tools automate and scale data to facilitate better decision-making.

Let’s look at how AI is improvising work landscape:

• Creating new technology related jobs: A report by Indeed predicts that there is an increase in demand for workers with AI skills over the last few years. When there’s shortage of job seekers who can meet that need, it makes the skills more valuable for those who would possess them.

• Using machine learning to reduce busy work: By enabling automation to complete their mission critical tasks, employees can free up their time for other essential tasks. According to a Digital Ocean report, 26 per cent of developers are using AI-based tools in their work processes, and about 81 per cent are keen in getting educated about the automated tools.

• Automation helps prevent workplace injuries: A study by Injury Claim Coach predicts a lot of damages can be reduced by implementing automation at workplaces. The same study also found that in 2016 around 5,190 workers perished due to workplace injuries. About 14 per cent automation could be saving lives as high as approximately 3,500 per year by end of 2030. Hence, instead of thinking how AI is taking jobs away, it’s time to think how many hazardous jobs humans won’t need to do in the days to come.

The HQ Trivia Phenomenon

Live event trivia is a new gaming niche that has developed within the Apple iOS and Google Play App communities. The digital age has created this unique opportunity to combine trivia, pop culture and reality television into one nice bundle and for fans of these genres, we are better off, as a result.

HQ Trivia is a live game show that streams twice daily on your mobile device. The developers of this game are from the makers of Vine and it shows in their creativity.

Imagine a game show that is live and combines the excitement of predecessors like Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and Jeopardy! with the old school feels of Trivial Pursuit.

One of the newer niches to develop within the last 12 months, the popularity arc has been nothing short of amazing. The concept for HQ Trivia is simple, yet addictive. Twice daily, a live host runs a feed. A series of twelve to fifteen questions are asked.

As a contestant, you have to answer each multiple choice question correctly. A wrong answer will eliminate you from the game. A correct answer advances you to the next question and fewer other contestants. At the end of the round, the contestants who have successfully answered all of the questions correctly get to split the money that’s in the jackpot.

Winnings have ranged from $0.25 to $6,500 USD. The number of contestants that play each game have a part to play in the amount of money available in the total jackpot. The number of remaining contestants, at the end of the round, will factor into the total winnings.

After you have downloaded the mobile app to your device, you’ll want to adjust the settings so that you can receive notifications. A few minutes before every round, you’ll receive a text message reminding you that the game is about to begin.

Playing this game for several months now, I can tell you that there is no legitimate way to “hack” or work around the game. Each question plays out in less than a minute, so there is no time to Google for answers or any of that other nonsense.

However, the best way to improve your testing ability and improve your chances of success would be to study the way the questions have been asked and answered in the past.

Harkening back to my college days, I can remember going to the Math Lab at Oklahoma State University and looking over old exams from my professors. This was important because it helped me understand the style of the exam, as well as commonalities within the multiple choice answers. Sure, I might have still flunked out of that Business Calculus course, but I was still able to learn, based on older exams.

I have a lot of free time on my hands these days. Mobile apps have been a way for me to keep my mind sharp, as my body mends from a cardiac arrest. If you happen to already be playing HQ Trivia, I highly recommend checking out sites that help you learn faster.

Addiction – When Gambling Becomes a Problem

While most people enjoy casino gambling, sports betting, lottery and bingo playing for the fun and excitement it provides, others may experience gambling as an addictive and distractive habit. Statistics show that while 85 percent of the adult population in the US enjoys some type of gambling every year, between 2 and 3 percent of will develop a gambling problem and 1 percent of them are diagnosed as pathological gamblers.

Where can you draw the line between harmless gambling to problem gambling? How can you tell if you or your friend are compulsive gamblers? Here you can find answers to these questions and other questions regarding problem gambling and gambling addiction.

What is the Meaning of Problem Gambling?

Problem gambling or compulsive gambling is defined as an uncontrollable urge to gamble despite the destructive effect of gambling on the gamblers life and despite feelings of guilt and remorse. Problem gambling tends to have a negative effect on the gamblers financial state, relationships and daily life. Severe cases of problem gambling can be defined as pathological gambling.

Am I a Compulsive Gambler?

1) Do you gamble until your last penny runs out?

2) Do you gamble to win back your former losses or debts?

3) Did you ever had to borrow money to continue gamble?

4) Did your gambling habit ever made you lie to your friends or family?

5) Did you ever skip work or other obligation to gamble?

6) Do you tend to gamble to forget about your personal problems or to celebrate happy occasions?

7) Does gambling have a negative affect on your daily life or relationships?

If you have answered yes on at least one of the questions listed above, then you have a problem.

Can Anyone Become a Compulsive Gambler?

Theoretically, yes. Any gambler can develop gambling problem regardless to the type of gambling he is occupied with, the amount of money and time he is spending on gambling. Researches show that slot machines that can be found in bars and convenient stores are the most addictive type of gambling activity, while lottery draws and bingo games are located on the other end of the scale. Gambling addiction is an emotional problem; its symptoms, causes and treatments are similar to any other form of addiction.

How Can I treat Gambling Addiction?

1) Group Therapy:

Gamblers Anonymous offers a 12 step self help program similar to the one offered to alcohol addicts in Alcoholics Anonymous. Group therapy also offers gambling addicts advice and support from professional counselors and other gambling addicts in different phases of their recovery process. Gambler Anonymous centers are available in more than 1,200 locations statewide.

2) Individual Therapy:

Cognitive or behavior therapy can help gambling addicts to identify their unaware thinking and acting patterns, which led them to gamble compulsively, and to replace them with controllable and healthier ways of thinking.

3) Psychiatric Medication:

It has recently been proven that antidepressant medications from the family of SSRIs, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors can be affective in treatment of gambling addicts.