We have seen a proliferation of smartphones over the last few years. The smartphones let you be in touch with your friends, family and business associates but also perform other useful daily activities like checking emails, playing games and maintaining the calendar. When the same devices are integrated with technologies like that of AI or AR, these will transform into objects that will help us to take decisions and also making decisions on our behalf.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Augmented Reality (AR) are technologies based on science fiction dreams, which have developed Into realities. 2016 is a year that revolved around hardware and software innovation. The devices lying all around us have started to understand us, made possible with the techniques like machine learning. However, we are yet to see the arrival of Artificial Intelligence. Eventually, we will interact with our devices in a much more seamless way in the future, while using contextual data storage and simple speech recognition. The idea is to make the experience of interacting with the machine and let us forget that we are using it. On the other hand we will see Augmented Reality integrating with Artificial Intelligence, in order to make our lives much more simpler. Before, we delve any further, we need to understand what AI or AR really means.
What is AI?
Artificial Intelligence is about a technology, where decisions are based on efficiency algorithms. It is known as one of the assistive technologies, as they are attempting to make our lives much simpler, with the help of voice recognition and automation. Assistive technologies are still in the first generation of development. The technology giants like Google and Amazon are still working in this space. There are whole lot of activities that can be performed by the application of such technologies in the form of voice control. So, we can light a bulb, listen to our favourite music and even look up at facts with these voice based queries. Assistive technologies will help to index these queries and return a faster and instantaneous response, with these queries. In order to use these technologies so as to provide a more seamless experience, we take the next level to AR.
What is AR?
AR is a technology that is still in the nascent stage and yet to develop into an interactive technology. It overlays holograms or images over the real world. When we talk about integrating AR overlays in our everyday lives, we get reminded of Google Glass. Image was projected with the help of a smartphone. Google Glass showed the next right turn, right before your eyes, without any need to take your eyes off the road.
Another application of AR in the real life is that of a holographic overlay headset from Microsoft. The users will be able to project screens on the walls as well as manipulate 3D objects with the apps like Skype, Minecraft and others.
Making AI and AR Work Together
Both the above technologies will augment our lives to impart a seamless experience, with useful information and technology. Google Glass has the potential to replace the smartphones, with reduction in the size of the devices. The Hololens technology from Microsoft along with Artificial intelligence, will not only answer all your queries, also getting it done much before than expected. However, Hololens is yet to be used at a commercial level. It will automate processes with simplified speech processing, so as to make our lives better, with these novel ways of information management.
We have seen a Artificial Intelligence system called J.A.R.V.I.S which is based on the concept of all the processes of the owner called Tony, to provide information, whenever needed. The closest to these is the Hololens from Microsoft. This allows you to interact with the overlaid images in the real-time. Moreover, Siri and Google Assistant will remember our individual preferences. Google Home and Amazon Alexa will enable us to get the right information for manipulating our homes.
These are the technologies that will not be a distraction, but will help you in gathering and consuming interaction, working together more naturally.