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Looking at the latest pioneering developments in technology like chatbots, self-driving cars and virtual assistants, there's one essential tool that underlines them all: AI.

In its broad definition, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a collective term for computer systems that can sense their environment and act in response to what they're sensing, according to a publication by PWC. It lets innovators reimagine systems and enable decision-making that is better, faster and based on vastly more information.

As the advances of AI gather pace and scale, the cellphone industry seems to be one of the firsts to be transformed. Early in 2016, Huawei predicted the coming era of AI and proposed the concept of the superphone. Their prediction was on point because just over two years later our smartphone experience continues to be enhanced by AI. Here are a few examples how:

More empowered search engines 

One thing to remember about AI is that it's always evolving and learning.AI is trained by using known data, such as content, links, user behaviour, trust, citations and patterns, says Jeremy Knauff in the Search Engine Journal. Knauff, who is the CEO of a digital marketing agency, says that AI analyses data using user experience, big data, and machine learning to find the results we are most likely looking for in our search engines.

Cameras can identify subjects 

While humans can naturally identify objects and people to capture, it takes years for us to learn the art of photography. For a tiny chip in your smartphone, however, it only takes a few seconds to adjust the light, contrast and aperture for the perfect picture. This, according to JC Torres from SlashGear, is the basis of AI in smartphone cameras.

More recent smartphone models, like the Huawei Mate 20 Series, have taken AI to the next level in their cameras. Using AI, Huawei's flagship can isolate human subjects and desaturate the colours around them to dramatically highlight the person.

Translating language in real-time 

Language gaps are a massive obstacle for travellers and tourists in a foreign country, but AI bridges the gap. Through real-time translating, smartphones with this feature can translate everything from street signs to menus to your language of choice.

This technology works by recognising words individually and then, as MIT Technology Review puts it, takes advantage of the fact that relationships between certain words are similar across languages.

Hearing and understanding human voices 

The ability for a computer to understand human speech is a form of AI and nothing demonstrates this better than a good chat with Siri. Because of its machine learning capabilities, voice-enabled devices can be programmed with new commands, according to TechEmergence.

Smartphones can be unlocked through face recognition 

Through the developments of AI, smartphones can support 3D Face Unlock which quickly and securely authenticates users by simply scanning their face through the front camera.

Sounds super futuristic right? But some of the latest smartphones, like the Huawei Mate 20 series, already uses a 3D depth sensing camera system to accurately read the facial features of a person to unlock their phone.

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