IoT and AI are new age technologies that have existed in some form in our lives without us realizing it. With the evolution of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning, we see and hear about them a lot, and are using it in our lives more than ever before. But what is the hype and difference between these rising technological applications? IoT (Internet of Things
), gives away its meaning as simply said it is the- internet of your “things/objects/devices”. On the other hand, Artificial Intelligence is the way we can be sure that automating and delegating our manual/repetitive or complex tasks gives better, faster, and accurate results.
Role of IoT (Internet of Things) in your life
If you have ever dreamt of a house that does everything for you, from cooking food, controlling lights, music, and everything else, the day is not far. This is because most of the technology is now available as IoT enabled devices, though we have ways to go to see a completely automated smart house. Basically, IoT enabled devices to communicate with each other as well as your smartphone. Apple’s Home app in recent iOS versions is the perfect example of an interface to help you control your smart home from your smartphone. IoT makes things easier and ‘smarter’ the same way your smartphone has several functionalities packed into one. IoT enabled devices like smart LED lighting, speakers, among other devices already exist, and some are too expensive and inaccessible for now. From Alexa (AI assistant) to other IoT and AI-enabled devices, we already use all of this in our households. Since these devices can communicate with the main interface with which you control or a hub to automate everything in your home, you are in complete control. Moreover, they also need Wi-Fi connectivity to be able to recognize your speech and most other functions are independent of internet connectivity. While we are ready and using IoT in our lives, there are also privacy concerns that stem from devices that listen to you for accepting commands. Most of these devices use NLP (Natural Language Processing), built into them, and use internet connections for server assisted accuracy. These privacy concerns and potential leaks of devices listening in on your private conversations are a valid concern that should go away when these devices evolve further for complete local control rather than using a server.
Benefits of IoT and AI
IoT and AI go hand in hand- like Alexa, an AI-based assistant housed in an IoT enabled speaker, or your smart lights also able to turn off and on with motion sensing, and switch colors and brightness from your smartphone interface. IoT and AI combined have limitless applications and we are just sitting and watching the dawn of a new technological era come forward. For example:
1. Using IoT in everyday objects:
With the advent of IoT, not only can you depend on your speakers and lights to do the work for you, but your car, smart TV, among other devices. With devices getting “smarter” because of IoT and AI assisted integration by the day, we are not far when everything in our homes can be a smart tech tool in their own way.
After a tiring day, when you want to relax, IoT enabled devices and applications can help in automating your everyday tasks. Say, you want to order a pizza, drone assisted delivery that tracks your device and car and delivers hot pizzas and food can be a perfect example. It all sounds sci-fi, but major chains have taken the next step in making their delivery as automated as possible. Moreover, automation can also be as simple as closing your tap water when not in use, switching on lights only where you need, and even warming up your food before you arrive home.
3. Industrial applications:
As AI and IoT make everyday devices and applications more advanced and smarter than ever before, the day is not far when we see it in industrial uses. Imagine an IoT enabled world, where an IoT enabled sensor can alert the building and nearby areas to be alert. Small devices placed in factories, bridges and other areas of huge potential accidents that can be triggered and alert everyone to leave for safety and fix issues before they get serious can be a huge step. Having IoT enabled cities could be the next step in avoiding crimes, preventing accidents, and getting help from authorities within moments.
IoT and AI changing the real world
With technologies changing our lives and daily lifestyle in every possible way, we can look forward to a time where AI and IoT would be household and real-world necessities. More and more companies are looking to changing human lives for the better by changing the way we live our lives. We already see AI applications in determining weather patterns, market scenarios. With IoT and AI combined, we can look forward to our human lives become more alert, safer, and harmonious than ever before. AI is already in use to prevent and sense major disasters, plan cities, and education. With IoT added to the mix, we can look forward to a world where AI not only powers our needs but communicates with other devices to create a better environment as well. This way we live in a world where technology communicating with each other can be its own framework like social media for humans.
Are we ready for IoT and AI?
Every time there is something new in our world, we rightfully fear it because we do not understand it completely. But Artificial Intelligence
and IoT are not going to become the next wave of “Terminators”. Much like our world today, we are using these techs for benefit of mankind rather than creating a god-level conscious AI system or robot. IoT has far-reaching applications when even our devices start communicating. We have so much to look forward to once we get to see the potential that lies in these fields combined.