In this article you will read about,
- the areas where we often benefit from artificial intelligence without realizing it,
- how AI can save lives and the environment,
- and how it can help solve an age-old math problem.
Hundreds of cities, thousands of streets, millions of households, congested roads, rising energy costs, and ever stricter limits on pollutants: finding the shortest, fastest, most efficient, and reliable route to deliver an ever-increasing number of parcels on time and efficiently – that’s a major challenge for parcel carriers and route planners. Mathematicians have been racking their brains for centuries over this phenomenon, which is referred to in scientific literature as the "traveling salesman problem". This is because the number of possible routes quickly increases to infinity with each additional destination. Whether it's the order of the destinations to be covered, the length of the route, or the obstacles: Finding the optimal route, taking all factors into account, without duplicating routes – that’s something that becomes almost impossible above a certain number of destinations.