BRIEF: The Artificial Intelligence Renaissance is Underway

BRIEF: The Artificial Intelligence Renaissance is Underway

Voice-controlled AI assistants are quickly becoming the central user interface for a range of devices.

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:

WWDC Reveals Strong AI Focus for Apple

Sensory’s Natural Speech Engine Now Features AI Avatar Support

LG Smart Home Robot Can Recognize Family Members

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:

We’re Moving from a Mobile-First to an ‘AI-First’ World: Google

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:

Ericsson Invests in AI to Manage Demands of IoT, 5G Connectivity