Time has become a luxury in this modern day and age. There are so many tasks that demand human attention so Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as the savior of mankind. Not only does AI get the job done quickly but it also affords a higher level of precision. An ability that AI shares with the human mind is its tendency to learn and grow. It can be “taught” to perform a certain way. Google’s DeepMind is an excellent example of this phenomenon. Its researchers, Alexander Graves and Greg Wayne claim that it can learn like neural networks and hold extensive data in reserve. Meanwhile, mobile technology has made itself known in every aspect of our daily lives.
The next logical step would be to be combine artificial intelligence and mobile technology. Significant experimentation is underway to develop smart ways to tackle problems using this powerful duo. Apple and Google are among the leaders in mobile artificial intelligence research. The results have been promising so far hinting at considerable potential in major industries.
Personal assistants on mobile
Apple’s Siri, introduced to consumers in 2010, is an efficient personal assistant and navigator. It works by collecting your personal data from your smartphone and sifting through it to discover your preferences. The two-way communication can be conducted in your first language according to the location settings on your iPhone. Siri is also available in Apple Watch and Apple TV. Those with CarPlay can also enjoy it and it was recently introduced to the Macintosh. Reports have been trickling in this month via Bloomberg that Initially, Siri Inc. planned to expand its services to all mobile operating systems by since it was acquired by Apple, this dream could not be realized.
Fortunately, the success of Siri and similar artificial intelligence programs in various industries spurred others to develop similar solutions for users. Google Now offered voice based searches and limited voice commands until recently, when Google transformed this experience. It has been renamed Google Assistant and the number of features it possesses has increased in particular two-way communication, just like Apple’s Siri.
Microsoft’s Cortana debuted two years ago and is still evolving in competition with Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant. It is available for a limited number of languages including French, Portguese, English and Japanese at the moment. It can help you with your to-do list by setting reminders. Cortana responds to natural voice input and answers queries via Bing search engine. It is also handy for making accurate forecasts and predictions based on the data present through search engines.
Samsung has bought Viv this month so a major competitor in artificial intelligence for mobile may emerge soon. Viv is a startup from the creators of Apple’s Siri. Viv’s personal assistant is also going to operate via a voice based interaction between device and user.
Experimental to practical
Currently, the kind of artificial intelligence that has reached the hands of consumers revolves around low level tasks and simple processing. This is because a lot of testing and research goes into a product of artificial intelligence. Even though important breakthroughs have been made in the field of artificial intelligence, the results need to be adapted to the requirements of the average smartphone user. Research is funded by grants but of course, significant investment is needed for mass production. This is the gap that has to be bridged in order for artificial intelligence integrated into mobile technology to really hit it off with the masses.
Another issue emerges from a business point of view. For instance, Android fragmentation is a major hurdle for any new release of update by Google. It will take a long time and a lot of money to make artificial intelligence accessible to all users. Apple is better off in this regard since it updates its single OS every now and then.
Burdens of the modern age
The acceleration of mobile growth in recent years has been brilliant and beneficial for all sorts of industries. However, the sheer number of apps, devices and services now available to the common man has caused digital friction. Mobile technology is supposed to enhance the quality of life and it is doing that job wonderfully. On the other hand, we are facing challenges because it’s too much for the human mind to handle alone. We are steadily reaching our limit.
This is where artificial intelligence comes in. Science fiction movies and books have always shown us futuristic visions where artificial intelligence is widely prevalent. That is the type of innovation scientists are aiming for. The idea is to share the burden of handling so much information. As you know, smartphone users today have countless options they never had before. The problem is that these options lead to more options until there is an endless sea of information the human mind is unable to process efficiently. Artificial intelligence knows how to sift through data and narrow down choices for you so you don’t need to perform that manually. For example, Google Assistant gives you alerts about events you plan to attend and shows you more filtered options you might be interested in depending on the ones you have gone to before.
AI in optimization
You have probably become familiar with how apps offer you improved options by collecting information about your location, gender, age, history etc. This means that you only get recommendations which are most relevant to you. You must have noticed how apps like YouTube customize your recommendations in each category like Music and News depending on what you have watched before. You will probably be offered songs from the same artist and news from a certain location or in a particular industry. This not only makes it convenient for you but allows a personal touch. Artificial intelligence has major applications with regards to optimizing services for mobile users.
Having artificial intelligence at the core of personal technology really helps create a better user experience and provides businesses with improved user feedback. As a result, the overall quality of the app is boosted and the business learns how to please their consumers more. There are many restrictions in apps these days which causes no small amount of frustration to users. You will have noticed how reviewers are constantly complaining about how the app doesn’t let them do this or that. App developers are constantly producing better feedback systems other than basic ratings of apps. Artificial intelligence can remove such issues by learning to fulfill the users’ demands and allowing different platforms to work together.
Smart decision making
We have already established that artificial intelligence is not something developed to perform a certain set of tasks. It is designed to grow, programmed to learn the existing trends and store relevant knowledge. All these attributes enable artificial intelligence to make dozens of minor decisions for you based on your personal preferences. So, it is not like control is being taken away from you.
It saves your time and energy allowing you to focus on important jobs that the artificial intelligence cannot do for you. When you search via keywords on your Google app, it’s going to show you not just the most highly ranked websites but also suggestions based on your location. You don’t need to spell out an entire query because Google Assistant just needs a keyword to deliver high quality links.
Look forward to fresh updates
Keep an eye out for exciting updates in existing mobile artificial intelligence. Apple has connected Siri to third party apps like Pinterest, LinkedIn and iOS games. So, now you can direct Siri to reply to messages on LinkedIn, find pins on your profile on Pinterest or specific pictures on The Roll. You can even make moves in mobile games through voice commands. You can basically dictate messages to Siri and they will be sent to the recipient automatically. The Google Assistant works in a similar way. You can ask any question you like and it will use the Google search engine to deliver suitable links.
For instance, if you are looking for an eatery or club near you, it will utilize your location data to find the perfect spot for you. This also applies to the data saved on your Android phone. The Google Assistant will bring out misplaced files and photos quickly when you ask it to. This kind of voice directing system allows you to multitask more efficiently. Another angle of Google Assistant is to gauge your needs and
The future is definitely going to be all about smart assistants incorporated into our lifestyle from home appliances to personal technology. As new players jump into the game, it spurs on competition leading to astonishing innovation. The new updates in existing artificial intelligence in mobile technology appear promising so we can expect bigger and better products next year.
Sadaf shahzad is a content writer at Incubasys with years of experience writing about science and technology. Enthusiastic about digital marketing, He enjoy’s creating high value content on the latest technology news and offering practical tips for improving your online presence.
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He hold a Masters degree in Chemistry with research based in organic chemistry specifically drug development.