Artificial intelligence has been a central concern for tech companies for many years, finding applications ranging from semi-automated temperature controls for high-end cars to semi-automatic-toting gangsters in video games. But it’s currently undergoing an arguably unique phase of intensive R&D, with some of the biggest brands in the world intently focused on ensuring that they have the most cutting-edge technology ready for deployment.
One of the primary reasons for this is that voice-controlled AI assistants are quickly becoming the central user interface for a range of devices – not just smartphones but new kinds of smart home and IoT devices offering a complex range of services that require new approaches to user operation:
Meanwhile, Google sees opportunities for advanced AI not just in consumer devices but in a whole range of human endeavors, and is even looking to make AI systems that can develop other AI systems:
Similarly, the complexities emerging with smart infrastructure and other IoT developments are becoming too complex for mere humans to manage effectively, and Ericsson is investing in AI to develop solutions that will likely be invisible to most consumers while being among the most impactful in their daily lives: