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Are you using AI without realising it?

Here is Alcea's first episode, series one of AI Life Tools the brand new podcast dedicated to helping everyone get to grips with using artificial intelligence tools in their lives and work.

Listen to the new AI Life Tools podcast episode on AI tools we use everyday without realising it now on Spotify.


If you'd rather read than listen that's great, in this article we are going to look at the AI tools we use daily without even realising they’re powered by artificial intelligence.


How many of these gadgets or tools do you use? Here are 20 that I think are pretty common in every day life and give an idea of just how embedded AI is already in our daily lives without us even realising it.


Diving into the list of 20 AI tools we all use in daily life:


1. Personal virtual assistants like Siri, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa

2. The camera on your smartphone - AI-enhanced photo processing for better image quality is now built- in to many of them.

3. Fraud detection systems in mobile banking use AI to identify unusual transactions

4. Recommendation engines used by e-commerce websites to suggest products to customers, also think about AI the next time you use Netflix, YouTube, and Spotify, they suggest content to you based on your previous choices – this is artificial intelligence.

5. Google search and other search engines use AI for ranking and relevancy to your search term.

6. Have you used Uber lately or an alternative ride-sharing app? AI-driven route optimisation will be working behind the scenes along with tools to set pricing based on demand.

7. Virtual assistants used by customer service representatives to answer questions and resolve issues.

8. Chatbots used by businesses to provide customer service or sales support, yes you guessed it, that’s AI in action.

9. Tagging someone’s picture on social media today? Image recognition software used by social media platforms to tag photos is artificial intelligence at work.

10. Social media algorithms, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter (will I ever get used to calling it X?) all use AI to create your feed.

11. Enjoy a virtual reality game in an evening? Well virtual reality and augmented reality technologies used in gaming, education, and training all use AI.

12. Speech recognition software used by voice assistants and by businesses to transcribe audio recordings.

13. Going somewhere nice for the holidays? Bet you’ll be plugging the route into Google maps, guess what, that uses AI too.

14. Need to brush up on your Spanish, French or Swahili? Duolingo is the first place to go. Well, language learning apps like Duolingo use AI-assisted language learning platforms to create content and new courses.

15. Writing an important report or email? Bet you use a spelling and grammar checker, yes even the ones inbuilt in Microsoft Word are powered by AI, Grammarly and co are definitely powered by artificial intelligence too.

16. Not getting millions of spam emails? That is thanks to artificial intelligence. Spam filters are used to block unwanted emails.

17. Need a mortgage? Well AI is in the mix helping the lender decide if you’re a safe bet. Credit scoring models using artificial intelligence are used by banks to assess the creditworthiness of borrowers.

18. Applying for a new job? Well artificial intelligence is here too, recruiting companies now use resume screening tools: AI scans and filters job applications based on keywords.

19. If you’re keeping your home nice and toasty or calmingly cool using a smart thermostat, you are using AI powered technology. These devices learn and adjust temperature preferences – it’s all AI.

20. Health and fitness apps are everywhere, you can wear them, they can track you and tell you where to improve and how you’ve done, well that’s AI technology that can monitor activity data and then suggest exercise routines and diets.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, there are so many more AI tools that are already just part of our lives without us even realising it.


Alcea Consulting Limited is a boutique consultancy helping businesses find the right words and tools to connect their teams and customers. Contact us to find out how Alcea can support your teams and business today.

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