Artificial intelligence is not a new concept. Sci-fi fans have been well acquainted with its principles since Isaac Asimov started getting books published, and more recently a generation that has grown up on video games has spent countless hours trying to outsmart AI entities.
But in recent years AI has really come to the forefront of consumer electronics with the emergence of voice-controlled virtual assistants like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa. These have quickly become prominent user interfaces across a range of devices, and are only becoming more important as consumers seem increasingly intent on leaving typing behind.
Now, the field of AI represents an escalating arms race between a number of high-profile tech companies, with some smaller firms getting in on the action, too. Here’s how:
Major consumer electronics brands are expanding their AI platforms…
… while Google, a relative newcomer to the field of hardware, is leveraging its AI expertise to get a strong foothold:
Meanwhile, new AI assistant platforms are emerging to fill in niches and gaps:
Elsewhere, advances in machine vision are seeing a growing convergence between AI and other sophisticated technologies like biometrics:
And all of this excitement has major tech companies investing heavily in the future of AI: