Most of us have a computer in our pockets, yes I am talking about your cellphone. Our smartphones allow us to do many things – update our calendars, call/text/email contacts, surf the web, or interact with one of thousands of apps. The more we use our smartphones and other smart devices, the more we want them to be intuitive and be able to interact with us, thereby making the transaction we are trying to complete even easier.
Google is no stranger to artificial intelligence (AI) with their robots and self-driving cars. Google is now working on applications for robotic arms that can help with automated sorting tasks. As exciting as self-driving cars are, they experience issues caused by a lack of skills that we humans take for granted, such as intuition and the ability to navigate a problem. Many self-driving cars have difficulties navigating roads that are uneven from construction or potholes, as well as faded lane markers. These problems are affecting Google, Tesla, Volvo, and other companies that are developing self-driving cars. Unfortunately, the answer is to apply more sensors to the car to help it determine the road conditions. And this answer means the price goes up on a car that is already quite expensive.
If you’re a fan of selfies, forget selfie sticks, you can now have your very own flying drone that will follow you around like paparazzi on an A-list star. The ROAM-e has smart facial recognition technology, which allows it to always keep track of you. For about 20 minutes you can take as many photos as you want, even panoramic photos before you have to recharge.
With AI and IoT connected devices, the way we interact with our world is rapidly changing. They make everyday tasks that seemed mundane before much easier, quicker, and actually fun to complete. But is there a dark side to having so much connected and seemingly sentient technology? Share your thoughts in the comments below.