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The role of AI is set to change monumentally in 2022 and beyond

The latest technological developments clearly show that we are on the verge of a monumental shift in the way artificial intelligence (AI) is used in our lives and businesses.

First, let me address the misconception that AI is synonymous with algorithms and automation. This misconception exists because of marketing. Think about it: when was the last time you previewed a new SaaS or technology product that was not “powered by” AI? This term is becoming something like “all natural” on food packaging: ubiquitous and virtually meaningless.

Real AI, however, is fundamental to supporting the future of how businesses and individuals operate globally, and a huge leap forward in AI frameworks is accelerating progress.

As a product manager in the field of deep learning, I know that the current business and commercial uses of AI are far from representing its full or future potential. In fact, I submit that we have only scratched the surface.

Ambient Computing

The next generation of AI products will expand the applications of ambient computing.

  • Ambient = in your environment.
  • IT = IT processes.

We’ve all grown accustomed to asking Siri for directions or asking Alexa to manage our calendar notifications, and these systems can also be used to automate tasks or settings. This is probably the most accessible illustration of a form of ambient computing.

Ambient computing involves a device performing tasks without direct commands – hence “ambient” or the concept of it being “in the background”. In ambient computing, the gap between human intelligence and artificial intelligence is narrowing dramatically. Some of the technologies used to achieve this include motion tracking, wearable devices, voice recognition software, and gesture recognition. All of this serves to create an experience in which humans will and machines perform.

The Internet of Things (IoT) has unlocked seamless connectivity and data transfer, which means devices and systems can communicate with each other. With a network of connected devices, it’s easy to imagine a future in which human experiences are effortlessly supported by machines at every turn.

But ambient computing isn’t as useful without AI, which provides the structure, helping software “learn” norms and trends well enough to anticipate our routines and perform tasks that support our daily lives.

On an individual level, this is interesting and makes life easier. But as professionals and entrepreneurs, it’s important to see the broader market realities of how ambient computing and AI will support future innovation.

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