From Greek Mythology to our present age, this is the story of AI

The year is 1939 and a global conflict is on hand (WWII).

The Nazis, led by Adolf Hitler are blazing through Europe and the Allies are struggling to cope with this destructive offensive.

Back in England, Alan Turing, an English Mathematician is working to break the code used by the Nazis to command strategic messages. It was called the German Enigma code.

If the Allies gained the ability to break this code… victory was definite.

But it was a challenge.

There was “159 million million million possible settings” (according to the Bletchley Park website) and every 24 hours, these settings were changed. …

You’ve all heard of it… but do you really know it?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing our world everyday. 🌎

Think about the device you’re using right now. It might be a computer, phone or even an iPad. Well whatever it is, it is using AI. 🤖

The autocorrect feature on your phone 📱 is using a branch of AI called Machine Learning (ML).

The voice assistants like Siri or Alexa use a branch of AI called Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Deep Neural Networks (DNN) to convert the acoustic patterns of your voice into patterns recognizable by the machine. 🗣️

The search engine that recommends your search is also using AI. …

Project OnpointAI

Every year, about 8 million babies worldwide are born with gene-related birth defects. That’s 6% of all global births in a given year.

In 2012, scientists discovered a type of technology that gives scientists the ability to manipulate or change a host’s genes. In turn, being able to cure genetic diseases completely. Its name is “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats”. We know it as CRISPR 🧬.

Every living thing is defined by its genes. …

How technology is being used to save lives and keep our society running during the COVID-19 pandemic

Early December 2019. Pneumonia of unknown cause reported to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) China Office. Many more will be reported in the upcoming days.

Late December 2019. Our world is getting ready for a hopeful and exciting new year as we make our New Year’s Resolution and enjoy our time with family and friends. That is until a “…cluster of pneumonia cases are reported from Wuhan” (Credit: WHO International). These unknown cases of pneumonia later spread to all of China. We know this as COVID-19.

January 2020. “China makes genome sequencing of the novel coronavirus publicly available”: A huge and hopeful step to finding a cure for this “widely unknown virus”. …

Exploring the world of nanotechnology

The evolution of things and change in size in the technological universe impacts the way we live.

Take a look at computers — they used to take up a whole room to accomplish simple calculations, but with evolution, they now fit on your wrist and execute some complex tasks (Hint hint: video games!).

Or even transistors — when they were invented, they were about the size of our palms. …


Yameen Khurshid

Innovator at The Knowledge Society (TKS) | Army Cadet | Writer for The Startup | STEAM Student at RHHS

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