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If you have learned anything by now, it is that artificial intelligence is going to be one of the most disruptive technologies in the world. You have already seen how early iterations of AI has crept into your life, changing the way you design and engineer products, the way you consume media, and even the way you interact with people.
Though there are people, who are very concerned about AI, going as far to say that artificial intelligence could lead to the extinction of the human race, the consensus is that the emerging technology is a good thing. We've explored the various industries that artificial intelligence will go on to impact in the coming decades. So, today we are going to take a look at how AI will start changing things around the home. The thing is, there is a good chance it already has. But, first, let's do a quick review.
What is Artificial Intelligence?
In short, artificial intelligence refers to the simulation of human intelligence in machines that are programmed to think like humans and mimic their actions. AI can also be applied to any machine that exhibits traits associated with a human mind, such as learning and problem-solving. The emerging technology falls into general categories, Narrow AI, and Artificial General Intelligence.
Narrow AI operates in a limited context, tackling a single task very well. However, it is not necessarily "human intelligence." Also known as Weak AI, Narrow AI is everywhere and is used in everything from your phone to robotics. The AI that you should be wary of is Artificial General Intelligence. This form of AI, also known as strong AI, is what you might see in your favorite science fiction films. We are still decades away from this AI.
Why is AI so appealing? AI can look at countless data points at once and make a decision. This is important in our current data-driven world. Better analysis of the world's data, of your data, in theory, leads to a better overall quality of life. AI will make your home life much more interesting. Here's how.
1. AI is going to turn your kitchen into a Michelin star restaurant
Ok, not necessarily, but you will see in a few seconds. First, let's get the obvious out of the way. Smart kitchen appliances and smart speakers are making their way into kitchens all around the world. You may even have one now. Whether it's a coffee machine or an oven, these tools are evolving, learning your schedules and patterns so that they can provide you with warm food, coffee, etc. However, this is just the beginning.
Your new smart fridge may be able to track when food is low and place orders for you when food is low. Or, better yet, AI could be used to help you create the perfect meal with just the ingredients you have in the refrigerator. Utilizing AI technologies with gastronomical learning, companies like Plant Jammer and Chefling are helping people create delicious food with the ingredients they have on hand. Currently, Facebook has developed an image-to-recipe generation system that enables users to reverse engineer a recipe by only taking a picture of the dish.
Finally, personalized dining experiences are going to be a common thing at home. Using your biological data stored on a smart device, your new AI-powered kitchen could provide you with delicious food recipes just for you. Even more so, your kitchen could actually cook the food for you. Moley will be able to help. Dubbed the world's first robotic kitchen, these beautifully designed robotic arms can prepare meals for you at the same level as a top chef.
2. The way you experience entertainment will change
Siri, Google Assistant, Cortana, and Alexa have already infiltrated your home, impacting the way you interact with your TV and streaming services, allowing you to voice control just about everything; slowly making remotes obsolete. Similar to the kitchen example, these devices are learning your watching habits, eventually directing you on what to watch. However, it is going to go much further.
Hisense recently revealed a next-gen Artificial Intelligence television system dubbed VIDAA-AI. This TV promises to come up with an intelligent advertising platform based on real-time object recognition, to generate media clips simply from a description, and of course, learn your tastes and preferences on a scarily personal level.
Hyper- personalization is the name of the game, and it is a trend that you will see often repeating on this list. AI may soon be able to create customizable film experiences for you. Paired with another emerging technology like VR, AI could be used to analyze some of your past favorite horror films, creating a personalized horror experience that may be a little too close to home. We have already seen AI break into Hollywood.
3. You are going to have a lot more fun with your games
You may be happy with the gaming industry, or perhaps you like to see some major changes. Though a little slower on the consumer side, there is a change coming to the gaming industry, change driven by artificial intelligence. Developers are using AI to create more immersive and realistic experiences, even within a fantasy world. AI played a vital role in the development of the highly anticipated AAA title Cyberpunk 2077.
Besides more realistic gameplay, there are plenty of other ways AI will impact the gaming industry. First, AI will better help developers create games that change on the fly, adapting to your gameplay. Even more so, if you have old games that you would like remastered, AI is also being used to improve the overall look of classic games. Finally, while at home, expect customized gaming experiences.
Just like with your home theater, AI can be used to analyze your playing habits, genres, and preferred difficulties to create the ultimate customized gaming experience.
4. You could have your own Alfred soon
Maybe you always wanted to have a Jarvis AI system like Tony Stark? Or, perhaps you want to go the more traditional route and get yourself a loyal butler-like Alfred. Whichever the case, AI could make this possible via robotics. The area of robot personal assistants is an industry growing rapidly. Though some would simply dub the current models as just smart speakers with wheels, many of these current robotic personal assistants offer a lot of impressive features. Soon, you might have something that looks a lot less like Wall-E and more like the robots in iRobot.
Robots like Jib are a small example of the coming future. The social robot looks around, learning about you and your home. He even has an "expressive face." He can even take pictures of you and share them on social media. AI-driven robots like the kitchen assistant robot-like Mykie can help you in the kitchen, while robots like the expressive Buddy and Aido help you control smart appliances, offer security service, can be used as living to-do lists, etc. Robotics will only get smarter.
5. Enhanced health and fitness at home
Being able to monitor patients at home with real-time data remotely, effectively, could be revolutionary. Going far beyond the Apple watch that you have on your wrist right now, healthcare professionals could tap into the predictive powers of AI to determine patients who are potentially at risk for disease or injury. This would give doctors a lot more power but could alleviate some of the pressure placed on the healthcare systems during flu season, saving lives. Companies like Gyant, Medopad, and Chonisense Medical are utilizing current AI technologies to look after the elderly and chronic patients.
Giving you real-time information regarding potential health risks could help you lead a healthy long life. The end goal is to have everyone have full access to their medical information eventually. However, for this to be truly successful, technologies like 5G and the IoT need to be more prevalent.
6. Your home will become more environmentally friendly
As humans, there is no denying it; we can be wasteful, especially in our homes. However, having more control and knowledge of our waste and energy consumption could help us become more environmentally friendly, saving you money in the long-term. Though already available in some places across the world, with products to purchase, AI energy saving systems have yet to be fully adopted.
Yet, there are some obvious benefits. AI systems can help break down your energy consumption, catch operational stray, and even help find the best place to place your next solar panels. Homes will eventually be able to predict when you use energy and when you do not, down to the second, helping you conserve.
7. Your home will be able to fix itself
The idea is not too far off. And, let's agree home projects are not always the most exciting. Even more so, when something breaks in your home, you want to fix it as soon as possible. Just like a smart medical device, homes will be able to run self-diagnostics predicting potential issues before they occur, contacting the appropriate repairman, who may actually be a robot. Companies like Fuzzlab are collaborating with local authorities and housing associations to implement AI-driven repair scheduling systems for homes.
8. An overall more interconnected home
5G technology and the IoT are just on the horizon. These technologies will help create a living technological ecosystem by real-time data and will be analyzed using AI. Your home or apartment will be a part of this ecosystem interconnected in this complex web. The new smart towns and cities will use your personal data to improve the quality of life of people around the city in various areas like energy consumption, traffic, and even overcrowding.
9. However, there are some security concerns
For most, this can be scary, and there are some obvious security concerns. Yes, AI can be used to improve security in your home. However, as mentioned, AI-driven homes will be able to track your movements and habits. Even more so, this data could be sold off to companies. Something that we see happening right now. Finally, if someone does hack into your interconnected home, things could easily go haywire. AI home technology is exciting. Yet, there needs to be impregnable security protocols in place for it to be safe and effective.
Are you excited to see AI in your home? Or does it scare you?