AI and IoT are no longer something you’d only encounter in science fiction. It’s moved on from there, and it’s even gone beyond being the sole preserve of giant corporations with deep pockets. In fact, it’s already here. In the services, we use every day, in our cars, in our gadgets, and even our phones.
AI has literally taken over our lives!
Apple Siri and Google Assistant might be the most visible examples of AI’s presence in our phones, but there’s a lot more happening on this front. Samsung recently launched its own AI solution – Bixby. Akin to other AI assistants, Bixby lets you control your smartphone – from changing settings to creating alarms and adding calendar events. Then there’s Panasonic’s Arbo, which observes how you use your phone and picks up on any pattern it detects to help you – from turning on the Wi-Fi at home, to reminding you of missed calls and messages. Moving on from just smartphones, AI has pervaded our lives by means of bots. Today, bots answer your loan-related queries on banking websites, do assembly line operations at automobile warehouses, and answer your questions on e-commerce commodity deliveries. Sooner than later, a huge chunk of call centre queries will no longer need human intervention. A bot will be intelligent enough to understand and answer your queries.
In the context of AI, it is essential to also touch upon machine learning which is closely integrated with AI. A bot learns from repetitive logic, and this forms the basis of machine learning.
IoT is bigger than we think it is
IoT, on the other hand, is a much larger phenomenon simply because it involves connecting zillions of machines worldwide. Going back to our smartphone example, we can today control our home security system, air purifier, use our phone as a TV and home theatre remote control, and going forward, it will perform many more imaginable and unimaginable things. Large global conglomerates like Huawei allocated budgets for R&D in IoT as early as 2014, and signed on a catalogue of partners who provided an array of products that could be controlled by your Huawei device — ranging from refrigerators to microwaves to your vehicle garage door. Recently, a Hyderabad-based company called Smartron unveiled its IoT development platform called tronX that allows you to invoke a voice-powered virtual assistant that has embedded a facial recognition software that unlocks your door and a sensor that gauges the level in your cooking gas cylinder.