It is hard to imagine a scenario in which artificial intelligence won’t play a significant role in our daily lives. As the ability to collect and process data based on sensors, natural language and audio-video sources improves, so the pool of knowledge that informs artificially intelligent systems decisions will increase.
With an increasing amount of useful data, predictive algorithms, inference engines and deep learning networks will help smart home technology to contextualise its surroundings. Facial and voice recognition could immediately recognise various members of the household and provide informed responses to open-ended questions, as well as alter settings and trigger systems to create an ideal living environment without the need for any human interaction.
While limited artificial intelligence is already present in our homes – thanks to smart speakers from Amazon, Google, Apple and more – the social, legal and ethical questions that a fully AI-enabled home raises have yet to be meaningfully tackled. As such systems would be capable of making independent decisions on the behalf of a homeowner, scientific, technological and government bodies will need to create frameworks so this field develops in a responsible way that keeps systems secure and occupiers safe.
Due to the ever expanding applications of AI, it’ll not only change our workplace but will also change the way we live in our homes.
According to Cisco, connected home applications such as home automation, home security and video surveillance, connected white goods, and tracking applications, will represent 46%, or nearly half, of the total M2M connections by 2021.
Other everyday domestic electrical appliances are also changing, redesigning a new type of dwelling based entirely on home automation where everything is interconnected and remotely controlled: the Smart Home. The field of robotics applied to domestic goods is clearly not the only area in which Artificial Intelligence is bringing benefits. Other more widely used products include integrated AI technology, such as smartwatches. In the not too distant future, even the automotive sector will be completely revolutionised by AI.
The end result will be a better buying experience and a more personalised purchase giving the consumer a product that fully satisfies their needs and, in the case of cars, is also much safer.