5 Things AI Does Better Than Humans in 2020

With the amount of attention 5 things AI does better than humans in 2019 has gotten, we felt the need in these self-quarantine times to give an update on the state of 5 things that AI does better than humans, now in 2020. So buckle up!


1. AI Does Personalization in Real-time Better

Remember when Amazon gave you super inaccurate and borderline lame suggestions for “other products you might be interested in”? Yeah, so do we, but luckily, those days are long gone. Today, anywhere we go on the web we are bombarded with offers, services, and messages that resonate with our interests, our behavior, and our desires. Sometimes this becomes creepy when ads follow you around the web, but you might as well get used to it because hyper-personalisation in real-time powered by AI is here to stay.


This trend is driven by internet giants like Amazon, Facebook and Google. AI allows providers of goods and services to quickly and accurately project a 360-degree view of you in real-time as they interact through a vast network of online portals and mobile apps, quickly learning how their predictions can fit your wants and needs with incredible accuracy. Just as pizza delivery companies like Dominos will learn when we are most likely to want pizza, and make sure the “Order Now” button is in front of us at the right time, every other industry are starting to roll out solutions aimed at offering personalized user experiences at scale.


2. AI Does Product Design Better

Architects, designers, developers, so many people are able to create something out of nothing. An idea becomes reality as humans work in teams, coordinating everything from concept to final product.


However, with modern-day machine learning coupled with modern-day machinery, AI is capable of creating incredible things. More and more products, buildings, airplanes, you name it, are being conceived, designed and produced by AI. What is left for humans is mainly to test that products are safe and user friendly. Not bad.



3. AI Drives Better!

This is going to be hard for a lot of us to reconcile with, but we have to break it to you mate, self-driving cars are already better than humans at driving. This is an inevitable result after millions, and now billions of miles being tracked from major car manufacturers to build increasingly advanced self-driving cars. Lex Friedman provides an overview of mileage collected over the years:


In 2020, Tesla has collected data from more than 2 billion autopilot miles and is well underway to surpass 4 billion by the end of the year. Why is that important? For sophisticated algorithms like self-driving cars to work well, they need an abundance of data to cover all the edge cases that we humans intuitively solve as we drive, but for a machine to replicate require troves of data.


It will not take long before regulators to require self-driving capabilities in all vehicles for safety reasons. And when they do, we will all consider it crazy that we once drove around in metal cubicles, oftentimes bumping into each other with fatal consequences. In other words, 2020 looks to be the year where AI will take the driver’s seat, for good.


4. AI Does Image Recognition Better

The sheer amount of images, videos and other visual content on the internet is staggering. With advanced machine learning algorithms, recognising something or someone has never been easier. Tech companies are taking this to the next level, recognising objects and people faster, more accurately, and at a much larger scale, than any human being can possibly compete with.



Image recognition algorithms have become so advanced today that they are able to make still images come to life, by emulating how objects, faces and bodies in images could move had they been in a video recording! With this, you can now relive your nostalgic moments, transforming a still image into short videos.


5. AI Does Virtual Reality Better

AI can mimic and emulate human movement. This includes the ability to crouch under certain obstacles, balance on a fine line and mimic other human movements. Beyond this, AI can teach itself how to generate 3D images of an object. With the latest breakthrough using AI within something known as ray tracing, AI can create, manipulate and tweak objects in virtual reality and online games without the need for human designers to worry about every little detail. The human designer will just need a general idea of what they need and the AI would generate it.

By combining ray tracing and AI, a game developer or VR developer can mimic various aspects of real life. These changes affect how we think about virtual reality, adjusting to changes of events as they occur!


Bonus: AI Does Covid-19 Prevention Better

Scientists are exploring every possible way to combat the coronavirus pandemic, and artificial intelligence represents a new shiny weapon in our arsenal. AI has been used to search for new molecules capable of treating Covid-19, to scan through lung CTs for signs of Covid-related pneumonia, and to aid the epidemiologists who tracked the disease’s spread early on. The technology is even powering new tracking software from Apple and Google that might help identify those walking around with a fever or catch people violating quarantine rules.



AI continues to push the boundaries for what we can automate and outsource to machines, letting us humans focus on bigger and better tasks for generations to come. Get a full overview of the 5 things AI can do better than humans in 2020 in the video below:


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