Have you ever stopped to think about the limitations of technology? Are there any limitations? As new developments pop up almost every single day, it seems the answer is “no.” And the youth of today are demanding more – more convenience, more adaptability, and more ease of use. And with the advances in technology, you can no longer ignore artificial intelligence’s role in making those advances possible. In fact, AI has a role in all aspects of life from the home to shopping to the workplace. I recently had the pleasure of speaking to Peter Voss, CEO and chief scientist behind Aigo, and he explained how artificial intelligence is poised to make our lives a lot more convenient.
#1 – A.I. Will Manage Your Life
Can you imagine a world where one device can book your appointments, monitor your home security, remind you that your car is due for an oil change and remember that your spouse checks Skype more often than email? Personal assistants have been around for several years now. Many families are equipped with some version of Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Home Assistant, or Apple’s HomePod. These devices play their music, help with shopping lists and announce the weather.
But, what if these devices could also learn about you, hold a conversation, and interact with you on an entirely new level? The future of personal assistants is changing, and artificial intelligence is behind the evolving technology. We’ve seen it in Hollywood entertainment for many years, most recently with the Netflix Original Series, Black Mirror. The problem with each of these “smart assistants” is that it’s not smart for you. At least that’s what Voss believes. His solution is for companies to develop a truly “personal smart assistant”, which belongs to you, not some mega-corporation, cough, Skynet, cough. Taking the lead on this idea, Voss’ vision, dubbed “Aigo,” becomes smarter as you use it. “These devices should be customized to you, adapt to your needs and goals, and act as an external brain in your life,” Voss explained.
He went on to explain that through blockchain technology, the information you choose to give your assistant remains your information. You get to decide if it remains private or becomes public. “Today we are limited to a myriad of rudimentary bots that are not intelligent,” said Voss. “They are designed to fit the agenda of mega-corporations. They have either limited to no personalization, and they are highly promiscuous with our data.” Voss’s vision of a truly personal smart assistant, does not yet exist in the world today, as the bugs are still being addresses in the very beginnings of these other devices releases. But, with AI, it’s only a matter of time before these advancements come to light.
#2 – A.I. Will Increase Your Quality Of Life
A.I. can make our lives a lot easier, or more difficult, depending on the demographic and user, of course. Can you imagine a nurse being able to tell a robot to go fill a prescription and deliver medicine to patients? In the medical field, such technology is already beginning to take form. In a previous interview with The Doctors TV Host, Travis Stork, I asked Stork how the profession has changed with this new tech. Stork responded that the smartphone has provided new ways to diagnose and even utilize resources such as ultrasounds. “In emergency medicine, ultrasound has changed in the way we diagnose…where you can now use an ultrasound app to perform ultrasounds almost anywhere. A few years ago, that would have been unthinkable.”
What about a reality where you can order drinks, dinner or extra towels from the hotel just by simply stating what you desire? A.I. is a game changer. The cognitive abilities make the technology far reaching across many applications. The ability to connect with people becomes far greater, but presents a very real danger of isolating individuals as well. “At the end of the day, this technology is all about balance,” said Stork.
The choice in whether to accept the technology in your life is up to you.
#3 – A.I. Will Free Up More Of Your Valuable Time
We all know that time is money, and we also know time is precious. What if A.I. could help free up more of that valuable resource so that we could enjoy our families, pursue our passions and enjoy life a little more? That is quickly becoming a reality as A.I. is poised to become a tool that can operate other programs, interface with systems that are overly complicated and greatly simplify and quicken every day activities. And as A.I. is taking care of more and more of our services for us, we will have more time available in our schedules each and every day.
How much time is wasted in most large corporations trying to figure out and deal with the difficulty of using complicated software such as Oracle or SAP? How much time could be saved if through A.I., we could run reports and make requests in everyday language through a smart interface? And what if A.I. could take over or streamline certain business enterprises such as IT help desks and HR? Imagine the increased productivity and decreased employee frustration. With Aigo, it seems there may be multiple answers to these questions.
#4 – A.I. Together With Blockchain Will Protect Your Data
As technology advanced over the years, enterprises have used their bright, shiny new inventions to market to customers without the customers ever being aware. They have been collecting our data and using it to push products and send advertisements. Everything we do online (surf, share, search, buy, chat etc) is used to gather data which is then sold to advertisers. Not only does this clutter up our online experience, it also comprises our privacy.
“We lose our privacy by becoming their product with the data they collect about us,” says Voss. “Soon, all of this will change.” What if blockchain technology coupled with the power of A.I. could protect your privacy? These are the questions to start pondering. The information that Alexa, Google, or HomePod could store on the blockchain would make the average consumer a little more accepting of the technology and less worried about where their information is being sent to everytime they wake it up with a request.
For example, Aigo is Ethereum-based and smart contract compliant. The blockchain secures ownership of your personal Aigo, as well as your data. Which means you aren’t being sold. “We believe that your data is your property, and it will neither be shared nor sold to anyone,” Voss promises his customers. This is what these smart devices are failing at right now.
So, What Are We Telling You?
Technology has evolved tremendously over the years, and it will continue to revolutionize the world we live in making convenience the name of the game. From freeing up valuable time to increasing happiness and satisfaction, A.I. has the potential to do it all. While its use has been limited so far, this will soon change. A.I. is a game changer, and the potential is far-reaching. As demonstrated by Voss’s vision behind Aigo, A.I. can provide a personal, private experience just for you while also transforming our relationship with enterprise platforms and other complicated software platforms.
If you want a device that can handle your accounting, tutor your kids, message you reminders and keep your elderly parents company, you are in luck. If you are ready for increased productivity, convenience and security, AI and the blockchain can make that a reality.
– Andrew Rossow