In the AMC television series Humans, machines powered by artificial intelligence (AI) technology look and sound like real humans, fulfilling tasks real humans are too busy to do on their own. The show’s storyline depicts some of the more troublesome potentials of AI, but its recent growth and integration into our lives is expected to continue.
AI’s growth is crossing over to smartphones, with several AI-based features becoming the standard. According to Gartner, up to 80 percent of smartphones will have AI capabilities by the year 2022.
Smartphone AI Capabilities
Business Insider reports the majority of AI smartphone features involve improvements to images, photos, security, and battery life. Several of the top smartphone manufacturers are using AI-related technology, such as facial recognition, assistant software, smart organization and sharing for images, voice-activated ordering, and object identification for photos.
While all of this means smartphones are going to become “smarter,” it also means added convenience and more opportunities to combine smartphone use with other devices and online services. AI-based technology provides more convenience for smartphone users through facial recognition and voice-activated assistant software.
Facial recognition technology leverages the iPhone’s camera to make a 3D map of a person’s face. Instead of a password, the phone uses the facial map to match a person’s identity. The phone can also be set up to use facial recognition to authenticate apps and payment services. Facial recognition is more secure and less time consuming than a traditional password.
Guessing, forgetting, and resetting passwords are tasks you no longer have to worry about!
Most assistant software is voice-activated, but can also be used by typing in keywords, sentence strings, or questions. If you’ve used Siri, Cortana, Alexa, or Google Assistant, you’re familiar with how the software works. Developers have been expanding the capabilities of assistant software to include translating foreign languages from street signs, providing instantaneous details about locations and objects such as books, opening up applications, creating calendar appointments, and scheduling alarm clocks.
The potential uses for AI with smartphones combines the predictive and learning capabilities of the technology. AI-based technology can turn your smartphone into a device able to determine whether you’re sleeping soundly, what type of shades you prefer to use when adjusting photographs, censor content you find offensive, and track which apps you use the most.
With AI, smartphones can determine shifts in your emotions, the intent behind your speech, and keep track of your behaviors and activities to help companies personalize products and services.
According to Gartner, car insurance providers may be able to use AI technology within a smartphone to see if you should be charged a higher or lower rate depending upon how you drive.
Some might consider the potential features of AI technology to be too intrusive and opt out of using them. What are your thoughts about using AI? Tell us below!