- 2015: Stephen Hawking and Elon Mask actively warn of the dangers of artificial intelligence.
- 2016: Amazon sells nearly 10 million Echo devices that give access to intelligent voice assistant Alexa.
- 2017: Apple releases Homepod to have Siri with no device in your hand.
At least 30 million devices designed for voice communication with AI services. Humans rarely seem to head the warnings of smart people though.
About the same number of iPhone 4’s were sold in 2010 and it immediately turned out they are everywhere. It could be the same with a new type of devices. So, good or bad, we need to work with this AI future.
What are these devices mainly used for? Of course, you can ask to schedule an appointment or get the weather forecast. But most important there is a smarthome, which is opened up to the owner in a new way having an opportunity to quietly ask “dim down the lights and turn on the music”, instead of opening the app and clicking buttons. Gartner confirms: voice assistants are expected to become main interface for connected home next years.
And yes there are 2 main variants of artificial intelligence (some see 4 or more, but come on): “simple” and “complex”. The simple one plays chess and in fact is just a powerful computer that quickly performs certain algorithms. The Complex version educates itself and seems to give more impressive results. The only issue here is that we do not know what’s going on inside it’s “black box” with lots of big data in it. It’s clear that current personal assistants already use a “complex” deep learning scheme otherwise they lose competitive advantage.
Well fears are fears but most importantly this is a trend it’s better not to miss, and learn to work with it in advance. iRidium mobile run a free webinar on how to work with mostly incompatible smarthome systems when you need to add Siri, Amazon Alexa or Google Home. Join it on October, 17th at 11 GMT+00 if interested and keep thinking if it’s a good idea to let these kids run our world one day.
The webinar topic is “Voice control for Smart home. What to choose and how to integrate?”
On the webinar we’ll tell you how to add voice control to new and working Smart home installations based on professional automation systems (AMX, Crestron, KNX, Modbus, HDL, etc.). Learn more and register here: