My take on Smartphones and technology increasingly relying on AI for evolution.
These days AI is the trending topic in tech. You see brands sticking this term to anything and everything. But AI isn’t something new. For instance, the Neural Network system was born in the 1940s. But, in recent years, every company and the media has hopped on to the AI bandwagon. If you haven’t heard or aren’t much up-to-date with the AI invasion in the mobile phone segment, no worries. Read further and explore the hottest thing in the tech realm.
As per a Gartner prediction, 80 percent of the smartphones would be AI-powered by the year 2022. It claims AI would be the product differentiator for smartphone vendors. After all, the smartphones ought to be smarter and AI is the best shot at that. You’ve been using AI mechanism in your phones by way of virtual assistants like SIRI and Google assistant, Prediction services in your phone keyboards, real-time translation, Facial recognition, photo enhancement, system optimization, chatbots, personalized news aggregators, etc. Still, these are premature renditions TBH! The era of IOT, edge computing, affective computing, 5G, and deep learning is at our doorsteps. So, these days all the tech giants are heavily investing in the AI department to improve the efficiency and user experience. Huawei’s made-for-AI Neural Processing Unit on their Kirin processor, Apple’s Bionic chip, Qualcomm’s Neural Processing SDK, etc are few of the leading examples.
The onboard AI chips in smartphones was a leap forward from cloud-based solution. This enables a better integration of AI into the smartphone apps. This facilitates improved latency, privacy, and less internet consumption as now data doesn’t have to be sent to the cloud servers for processing. But, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Like any new technology, this has a different set of problems. First of all, developers must incorporate the power of AI framework into their apps. In the present scenario, even the latest and greatest devices don’t have the system benchmarks to fully steer the AI horsepower. These neural engines are power hungry and would be heavy on system resources. And a major problem that impedes the implementation of AI is the dearth of training data as machine learning and Artificial Intelligence depends entirely on datasets. So, the R&D cells of industry leaders are coming up with solutions to tackle the obstacles. Moreover, developers can utilize software libraries like Tensorflow to adapt and boost the potential of their apps.
I’m hyped for witnessing the technological advancements in this area. It won’t be a distant future when we will have smart devices on our palm or pocket that works in tandem to robots and other scientific marvels around us, all thanks to their mechanical brains. Till then let’s enjoy quicker shutter speeds, enhanced image processing, smart Duplex chat agent, intelligent Face ID, Auto-predictive text in the keyboard, search and mail, etc. Global market trends like GDPR would also contribute to this paradigm shift. I don’t find AI disruptive, instead, its like cherry on top for the already “smart” phones. I believe it would serve convenient and interesting applications for smartphone users.
So, what’s your take on this age of AI and its implications on our day-to-day life? Kindly drop your comments on the same. I would love to read your spectrum of thoughts.
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