It’s no shock that technology continues to play a huge part in the modern world. Where advancements would once take years or decades to evolve, we now see progress in a matter of months, weeks and even days.
Many successful technology or tech-based companies are created because they have a problem and they want to create a solution. Many of those solutions are currently, or looking to, employ Artificial Intelligence (AI) based technology – a fast learning tech with an exponential potential. With everyone from Amazon and Microsoft, to small startups jumping on this trend, the momentum is only predicted to increase at a higher rate.
AI is changing all facets of life; be it business, medicine, science or everyday living, and will contribute approximately $23 trillion to the global economy by 2030.
Whether you’re looking for a device that makes life easier or saves lives, there will soon be AI available to cater to those needs. With its capacity to learn, these devices will become personalised and customised to their owner, tracking everything from the air temperature and regular guests in your home, to identifying an intruder.
Whether this technology will change your life, or you think it’s all a gimmick, AI is already being introduced into many Aussie homes! Here are the four AI trends I’m predicting will take over the world in the next five to ten years.
- Robotics & AI Together – Because who doesn’t want a Roomba that can not only vacuum your floors but also watch your diet, wellbeing and vital signs!
One of the biggest trends we’ll see over the next decade will be the fusion of robotics and AI which will see smarter robots created for several everyday tasks. We already have access to incredible technology such as self-driving vacuum robots like Roombas and Smart Home devices such as Google Home, so it’s only natural that eventually these advanced technologies will merge to form gadgets that resemble a device from The Jetsons.
This will include assistance at home, in the workplace and eventually even full-time robot carers looking after people in homes, hospitals and assisted living facilities. This fusion of technology fields will offer a better quality of life to people with disabilities and improve the quality of care to our ageing population.
- Self-Driving Cars – sit back and relax, we’re too busy to be stuck in peak hour traffic! Self-driving cars benefit from the likes of Intel, Google, Amazon, Nvidia and AMD working on advanced neural chips and software for faster AI processing. Faster processing means better and cheaper tech than ever before, even if manufacturers don’t incorporate fully autonomous driving into their production vehicles; nearly all car systems will benefit from being able to learn the behaviours of their owners behind the wheel.
You can bet your personalised seat setting, temperature preference and favourite radio station will be adjusted as soon as you get in the car – Tesla is already doing this! But we will soon see this cascade down into cheaper brands and models over time.
Currently, the debate around driverless cars is divisive, with human safety playing a huge role in the development of legislation and policy. However, as is the case with a lot of tech, it seems that the product is far more advanced than governments can keep up with. So, for now, it’s hard to say whether we will be able to sit back and tap away at our phones while stuck in peak hour gridlock, or if more drastic measures will be put in place to avoid non-human error.
- AI Kettles – Get ready for a generation of “self-learning kettles” and “refrigerators with deep learning algorithms”.
The good, the bad and the ugly of these devices will start to pop up over the next five years. As neural chips become more powerful and the manufacturing of these chips become cheaper AI technologies will be implemented into everyday devices. To this end, silly devices will get the “AI” or the “Machine Learning” moniker in the coming years. Whether it’s a marketing ploy or will help simplify your life – just know they will be coming very shortly to your home.
- AI Tech Health – Current pressure on the health and care systems shows the need for assistive technologies to support our staff.
Now more than ever we are seeing our hospitals and medical facilities struggle with an influx of patients during the current pandemic. With an aging population also on the rise and nurses, carers and medical staff dwindling, there is a gaping hole technology can fill to assist what is currently not humanly possible.
Devices such as our own HomeGaurdian have been developed to ease this pressure by providing AI monitoring. Creating a device that is adaptive (thanks to AI) from a home setting to a hospital setting, we can track abnormal behaviour – be that a fall or lack of movement – and alert the correct respondent in a matter of seconds.
Every day we are seeing new technology progress at a rapid rate. With the time between new tech and consumer products significantly decreasing the next decade will be a whirlwind of innovative products and devices – some more helpful than others, but I’ll let you be the judge of that!
About Adam Carroll
Adam’s career in IT is deep rooted in his love for computers and technology which began at age 12. With a background working with small start-ups all the way up to large Fortune 100 Companies, Adam’s current role as Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at HomeGuardian.ai places him at the forefront of AI development and behavioural analysis software design.