It’s no secret that Python is one of the most commonly used programming languages. For the past five years, Python has held the number one position as the “most popular coding language” used by data analysts, data scientists, and software engineers as it is not only simple to read and write, but also offers extreme flexibility and having an active online community of users and contributors. Making it a great language for new programmers to learn for a broad range of applications in data science.
Moreover, not only do professionals use it to automate processes, python is also used to build the functionality of applications. Notable companies like Google, Facebook, and Paypal also uses python to clean data, build predictive and artificial intelligence (AI) models, and more.
Let’s look at 4 fascinating ways in which python is shaping the world we live in:
1. Web applications
Python is used to program and operate some of the highly trafficked websites such as Instagram, Spotify and YouTube. Fun fact: Did you know Pinterest has used python to power its web application and perform analyses?
2. Artificial intelligence
Python is especially prevalent in the AI community, again for its ease of use and flexibility. For example, in just a few hours, a business could build a basic chatbot that answers frequently asked questions by its customers. Python can help to identify common questions or topics in these chatbot conversations with visualizations, and then build a predictive model that can further optimize the chatbot to give more appropriate and detailed responses, improving customer satisfaction!
3. File-sharing applications
Another python fun fact! Did you know python was used to build Dropbox’s desktop applications and the server infrastructure that was responsible for sharing the file? After more than a decade, Python is still powering the company’s desktop applications. In other words, Dropbox was able to write a single application for both Macs and PCs that still works today!
4. Cinematic/movie special effects
Remember that summer blockbuster with the huge explosions? Many Hollywood film companies, including Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) make use Python to help program those awesome special effects. By using Python, companies like ILM have been able to develop standard toolkits that they can reuse across productions, while still retaining the flexibility to build custom effects in far less time than before. This not only helps to save time, but lots of monies too.
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