Since the start of the 21st century, there's no question to mankind making tremendous strides into the field of Robotics. While modern robots can now replicate the movements and actions of humans, the next challenge lies in teaching robots to think for themselves and react to changing conditions and environments. The field of artificial intelligence (AI) promises to give machines the ability to think analytically, using concepts and advances in computer science, robotics and mathematics.

While scientists have yet to realise the full potential of AI, this technology will likely have far- reaching effects on human life in the years to come. Below are a list of ways AI will be able to help or change the way we live in the future:

Tackling Dangerous (or Boring) Tasks

Taming the Weather

Saving the Planet

Driverless Transport

Pushing the Limits of Space Exploration

Protecting Your Finances

Staying Safe

A Little Help Please

Space-Age Medicine

The Robot-Human Species

In the past we have seen early concepts on AI through television, films and media, Here are some examples that have blessed our screens in the past:

Sonny- I-Robot

Brought to artificial life by the brilliant Alan Tudyk, Sonny is the robot at the heart of the Will Smith blockbuster.

Rosey - Jetsons: The Movie

One of the most iconic and recognisable robots for many people, Rosey the Robot was the helpful robotic maid of the Jetson family.

Skynet – The Terminator films

One of my all time favourites, is the all-powerful big bad of the Terminator universe, Skynet is essentially the internet after it turns on us. Which is a scary, scary thought, and which will probaly happen for sure one of these days. Pretty much undefeatable, Skynet always finds a way to exist and just keeps on coming. Skynetisnt featured in the film that much, being far more threatening as a concept than its reality (a big computer). Instead it just keeps on sending Terminators after everyone.

T-800 – The Terminator

In a mighty career spanning five decades, one role is undoubtedly the most iconic of all of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s film work. The Terminator, aka T-800. From the unstoppable killing machine of the original film, to the reborn hero of the sequel, Arnie’s T-800 has always been one of cinema’s greatest characters. He also looked badass underneath, with the endoskeleton being one of my all-time favourite designs in cinema. The metal skull is freakishly chilling, and the red eyes haunting. The perfect embodiment of Skynet, the T-800 was even better as a hero, proving that machines could be our salvation as well as our end.

Kit- Knightrider

KITT is an artificially intelligent electronic computer module in the body of a highly advanced, very mobile, robotic automobile: the original KITT as a 1982 Pontiac Trans Am, and the second KITT as a 2008-2009 Ford Shelby GT500KR.

Optimus Prime- Transformers

If there was a Robot god. He would be it! The most noble of all robots. Leader of the heroic autobots, Prime is the best parts of humanity rolled into one metal form, despite being an alien life form. Constantly sacrificing himself for the sake of others, Prime is one character who’s thankfully been pretty much left untouched in the recent Michael Bay films – he’s pretty recognisable even in his new state. Handy in a fight, and the epitome of moral righteousness, Prime is one of the most enduring fictional good-guys of modern times. He’s the friend you desperately wished you’d had growing up, the mentor who would set you right, and the fighter who would beat up the bullies for you. Optimus Prime you’re my hero.

AI in Mobile Technology

AI is everywhere nowadays from most of our household electronics to our cars and everywhere in between. AI assistance is becoming ever more popular and smarter within our smart phones with the likes of Siri and other similar tools.

The application uses a natural language user interface to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of Web services. Apple claims that the software adapts to the user's individual preferences over time and personalizes results.  The name Siri is Norwegian, meaning "beautiful woman who leads you to victory", and comes from the intended name for the original developer's first child.

When it comes to Siri, we finally have some insight into what makes her work. In this profile of the work involved in making computers speak, it looks how the voice Siri is made.

It’s a fascinating glimpse at just how Siri operates and the technology involved, but the human element is even more amazing. Considering how prevalent Siri has become in our lives, it’s quite an eye opener to see just how many people come together to make it work.

Apple fans have patiently waited for Apple to introduce a Siri API to developers, but ever since the personal assistants arrival in 2011, the technology has largely been restricted. And while Apples feisty helper has improved over the years, Siri stil hasnt quite reached its full potential. However, a new report from The Information claims Siri is getting ready to play nice to third party apps and services, with an eye to make the assistant more intelligent overall. 

Apples plans claim not only will Siri be opened up, (with plenty of restrictions), the technology will also get more predictive smarts. For example, A map application might load up as you get in the car and start driving, or it might put itself on silent when in a meeting. As it stands, Siri more of an add on that you might use once in a while. If given more predictive powers, the technology could evolve into something you come to rely on, and maybe even enjoy using. 

The Future

The future of AI is looking increasingly scarier. In the next 10 years technologies in narrow fields such as speech recognition will continue to improve and will reach human levels. In 10 years, AI will be able to communicate with humans in unstructured English using text or voice, navigate (not perfectly) in an unprepared environment and will have some rudimentary common sense (and domain-specific intelligence).

People will start turning more and more bionic, which means living longer lives. Being able to use AI to help the human body and the planet to live longer and making life more easier for ourselves while robots do all the hard work.