Artificial Intelligence in industries: Who’s doing what

artificial-intelligenceArtificial Intelligence (AI) is set to reshape the industries in 2018 and beyond; recent developments among tech majors show the technology is gaining adoption at a remarkable pace.

Gartner  predicted that by 2020, AI will be virtually pervasive in almost every new software product and service, and it will become a top five investment priority for more than 20 percent of CIOs. Leading companies are taking advantage of these trends to shape their products to meet the requirements of the AI era.

Tesla, the Elon Musk company is reportedly building its own hardware based on artificial intelligence (AI). Reports suggest that the automobile major could use the technology for its self-driving vehicles. Musk had earlier revealed plans to deliver Level 5 automation capability to all his vehicles by 2019.

Another automobile major Volkswagen has forged partnership with Uber to drive AI in its upcoming launches. The AI solution will use AI Nvidia’s new Drive IX platform to deliver “intelligent co-pilot”  capabilities.  Nvidia is also powering Uber’s self-driving program.

AI is intruding smart home/ smart city segment as well. Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) today announced that it is demonstrating AI applications for smart homes and smart cities at CES 2018. The range of applications includes companion robots, pesticide residue detector, stolen vehicle tracker, and more. ITRI has also developed intelligent apps to optimize user’s sleeping environment, assist in music composing, and produce visible light communications.

Recently Nuance Communications announced new AI capabilities for its Dragon Drive automotive platform to deliver safe driving apps. The enhanced platform combines conversational artificial intelligence with non-verbal modalities such as gaze detection as well as interoperability with smart home apps, virtual personal assistants and bots.

In another major partnership, Baidu and Huawei announced plans to work together for an open mobile and AI ecosystem that spurs the development of new AI applications and provide global consumers with AI that “knows you better.”

The above developments, in tandem with the growth of personal gadgets, herald a new era of mobile technologies driven by AI. Recently Gartner predicted that personal devices such as mobile phones will know more about an individual’s emotional state than his or her own family by 2022.

AI-driven mobile technologies will build on the existing virtual personal assistants (VPAs) and other AI-based conversational technology applications such as Siri and Google Assistant. As it advances, the technology will find its space in diverse fields such as education, gaming, and sports among others.

The growth of wearable technology will further accelerate these changes because wearables can be used for tracking behavioral patterns and health conditions through the data provided by these devices. Thanks to AI, by 2021, 10 percent of wearable users will have changed lifestyles, and thereby extend their life spans by an average of six months, according to Gartner.

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Rajani Baburajan

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