AI is everywhere – including countless applications you’ve likely never heard of

Artificial intelligence has been around for decades, and is much more than just ChatGPT. Here’s a rundown of some lesser known AI applications.


Artificial intelligence (AI) is seemingly everywhere. Right now, generative AI in particular – tools like Midjourney, ChatGPT, Gemini (previously Bard) and others – is at the peak of hype. But as an academic discipline , AI has been around for much longer than just the last couple of years.

When it comes to real-world applications, many have stayed hidden or relatively unknown. These AI tools are much less glossy than fantasy-image generators – yet they are also ubiquitous. As various AI technologies continue to progress, we’ll only see an increase of AI use in various industries.

This includes healthcare and consumer tech, but also more concerning uses, such as warfare. Here’s a rundown of some of the wide-ranging AI applications you may be less familiar with. Read more: 2023 was the year of generative AI.

What can we expect in 2024? Various AI systems are already being used in the health field, both to improve patient outcomes and to advance health research. One of the strengths of computer programs powered by artificial intelligence is their ability to sift through and analyse truly enormous data sets in a fraction of the time it would take a human – or even a team of humans – to accomplish. For example, AI is helping researchers comb through vast genetic data libraries .

By analysing large data sets, geneticists can home in on genes that could contribute to various diseases, which in turn will help develop new diagnostic tests . AI is also helping to speed u.