"How to quickly find photos" was a banner at the top of my iPhone recently.
As a person who (embarrassingly) has no sorting system to their photos beyond the "well, I think I was still in grad school when this happened, so let me flip back to at least 2017," the idea that I could simply search for a photo based on what was in it excited me like a kid on Christmas morning.
I typed in "beach" and all the beach photos came up. I typed in "cat" and all the photos of my cat from the last eight years came up. I even typed in my kid's name and every photo of her, from when she was a newborn baby to a preschooler, came up.
It seems simple enough, but the engine behind this search-and-find task is one of the most transformative science and computing technologies of our time: artificial intelligence (AI).
AI is so ubiquitous, it's almost invisible, performing tasks ranging from spam-filtering to talking with our phones. It's also headline-making for good (AlphaGo, anyone?), for bad (perpetuating racism) and everywhere in between (self-driving cars). Wherever AI goes next, the one thing that's for sure is that it's not going anywhere.