The house of tomorrow will be managed by AI. However, some of these technologies are already creeping into your home.
If you’ve learned anything by now, it’s that artificial intelligence is going to be one of the most disruptive technologies in the world.
You’ve already seen how the first iterations of AI crept into your life, changing the way you design and engineer products, the way you consume the media, and even the way you interact with people.
Although there are people, who are very concerned about AI, going so far as to say that artificial intelligence could lead to the extinction of the human race, the consensus is that emerging technology is a good thing.
We have explored the different industries that artificial intelligence will have an impact in the coming decades. So today we’re going to see how AI will start to make a difference at home. First, let’s do a quick review.
What is Artificial Intelligence?
In short, artificial intelligence refers to the simulation of human intelligence in machines that are programmed to think like humans and imitate their actions.
AI can also be applied to any machine that has features associated with a human mind, such as learning and problem-solving. Emerging technology falls into general categories, narrow AI, and artificial general intelligence.
Narrow AI operates in a limited context, tackling a single task very well. However, it is not necessarily “human intelligence”. Also known as weak AI, narrow AI is everywhere and is used in everything from your phone to robotics.
The AI you should be wary of is artificial general intelligence. This form of AI, also known as strong AI, is what you might see in your favorite science fiction movies. We are still decades away from this AI.
Why is AI so attractive? AI can examine countless data points at once and make a decision. This is important in today’s data-driven world.
Better analysis of the world’s data, your data, in theory, leads to a better overall quality of life. AI will make your family life much more interesting. Here’s how.
1. AI is going to turn your kitchen into a Michelin star restaurant.
Okay, not necessarily, but you’ll see in a few seconds. First, let’s eliminate the obvious. Smart kitchen appliances and smart speakers are making their way into kitchens around the world.
You may have even one now. Whether it’s a coffee machine or an oven, these tools evolve, learning your schedules and your patterns so that they can provide you with warm dishes, coffee, etc. However, this is just the beginning.
Your new smart fridge may be able to track when food is low and place orders for you when food is low. Or, better yet, AI could be used to help you create the perfect meal with just the ingredients you have in the fridge.
Using AI technologies with food learning, companies like Plant Jammer and Chefling are helping people create delicious dishes with the ingredients they have on hand.
Currently, Facebook has developed a recipe image generation system that allows users to reverse engineer a recipe by only taking a photo of the dish.
Finally, personalized dining experiences are going to be a common thing at home. Using your biological data stored on a smart device, your new AI-powered kitchen could provide you with delicious food recipes just for you. More so, your kitchen could actually cook for you.
2. The way you experience entertainment will change.
Siri, Google Assistant, Cortana, and Alexa have already infiltrated your home, impacting the way you interact with your TV and streaming services, allowing you to voice control just about everything; slowly making the remote controls obsolete.
Similar to the kitchen example, these devices learn your viewing habits, possibly directing you to what you want to watch. But it goes much further.
Hisense recently revealed a new generation of artificial intelligence television system dubbed VIDAA-AI. This TV promises to offer an intelligent advertising platform based on real-time object recognition, generate multimedia clips simply from a description, and, of course, learn your tastes and preferences at a scarily personal level.
Hyper-personalization is the name of the game, and it’s a trend you’ll often see repeated on this list. AI may soon create customizable movie experiences for you.
Combined with another emerging technology like VR, AI could be used to analyze some of your favorite past horror movies, creating a personalized horror experience that might be a little too close to where you live. We’ve already seen AI break into Hollywood.
3. You are going to have a lot more fun with your games.
You may be happy with the gaming industry, or maybe you like to see major changes. Though a little slower on the consumer side, there is a change coming in the gaming industry, a change brought by artificial intelligence.
Developers use AI to create more immersive and realistic experiences, even in a fantasy world. AI played a vital role in the development of the highly anticipated AAA Cyberpunk 2077 title.
Besides more realistic gameplay, there are many other ways that AI will impact the gaming industry. First, AI will help developers create games that change on the fly, adapting to your gameplay.
More so, if you have older games that you’d like to remaster, AI is also used to improve the overall look of classic games. Finally, at home, expect personalized gaming experiences.
Just like with your home theater, AI can be used to analyze your favorite gaming habits, genres and difficulties to create the ultimate personalized gaming experience.
4. You could have your own Alfred soon.
Maybe you’ve always wanted to have a Jarvis AI system like Tony Stark? Or, maybe you want to take the more traditional route and get yourself a loyal butler-like Alfred. Whatever the case, AI could make this happen through robotics.
The field of robot personal assistants is a growing industry. While some would simply describe today’s models as simple smart speakers with wheels, many of these current robotic Personal Ass offer many impressive features.
Soon, you might have something that looks a lot less like Wall-E and more like iRobot .
Robots like Jib are a small example of the future to come. The social robot looks around, learning about you and your home. He even has an “expressive face”. It can even take photos of you and share them on social media.
AI-driven robots like Mykie’s kitchen assistant, like a kitchen assistant, can help you in the kitchen, while robots like the expressive Buddy and Aido help you control smart devices, provide service can be used as living to-do lists, etc.Robotics will only become smarter.
5. Enhanced health and fitness at home.
Being able to monitor patients at home with real-time data remotely, effectively, could be revolutionary.
Going far beyond the Apple watch you currently have on your wrist, healthcare professionals could use the predictive powers of AI to identify patients who are potentially at risk of illness or injury.
This would give doctors a lot more power but could alleviate some of the pressure placed on health systems during the flu season, saving lives. Companies like Gyant, Medopad and Chonisense Medical are using current AI technologies to manage elderly and chronic patients.
Giving you real-time information about potential health risks could help you lead a long, healthy life. The final objective is to allow everyone to have full access to their medical information in the long term.
However, for this to be truly successful, technologies like 5G and IoT must be more widespread.
6. Your home will become more environmentally friendly.
As humans, it is undeniable; we can be wasteful, especially in our homes. However, having better control and better knowledge of our waste and energy consumption could help us become more environmentally friendly, saving you money in the long run.
Though already available in some parts of the world, with products to buy, AI power saving systems have not yet been fully adopted.
However, there are obvious advantages. Artificial intelligence systems can help you reduce energy consumption, catch operational errors and even find the best place to place your next solar panels.
Homes will eventually be able to predict when you use energy and when not, down to the second, which will help you save.
7. Your home will be able to fix itself.
The idea is not far away. And, let’s agree that home projects are not always the most exciting. More so, when something breaks in your home, you want to fix it as soon as possible.
Just like a smart medical device, homes will be able to run self-diagnostics that predict potential problems before they happen, by contacting the appropriate repairer, who can actually be a robot.
Companies like Fuzzlab are working with local authorities and housing associations to implement AI-based repair planning systems for homes.
8. An overall more interconnected home.
5G technology and IoT are on the horizon. These technologies will help create a living technological ecosystem with real-time data and will be analyzed using AI.
Your home or apartment will be part of this interconnected ecosystem in this complex web.
The new smart cities will use your personal data to improve the quality of life for city residents in various areas such as energy consumption, traffic and even overcrowding.
9. However, there are some security concerns.
For most, it can be scary and there are obvious security issues. Yes, AI can be used to improve the security of your home.
However, as mentioned, AI-driven homes will be able to track your movements and habits. Furthermore, this data could be sold to companies. Something we see happening right now.
Finally, if someone hacked into your interconnected house, things could easily go haywire. Domestic AI technology is exciting. However, there must be unbreakable security protocols in place for it to be safe and effective.
Are you excited to see AI at your home? Or does it scare you?