OUR AR­TI­FI­CIAL FU­TURE

The new ways AI can stream­line your life.

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Re­gard­less of how AI makes you feel – ex­cited or anx­ious – about the fu­ture, we’ve only just scratched the sur­face of its abil­ity to stream­line our lives. With so much more AI land­scape to ex­plore, de­vel­op­ers are quickly cre­at­ing the next wave of prod­ucts and fea­tures that will fur­ther un­lock its po­ten­tial. Here’s how... THE SMART PHONE Un­til re­cently, phones and data sys­tems weren’t de­signed for AI. But new ar­chi­tec­ture is set to rev­o­lu­tionise the way we in­ter­act with our de­vices. “AI makes smart phones quick, in­tel­li­gent and adap­tive, as well as able to un­der­stand and re­spond to real-world sit­u­a­tions,” says Steve Lai, se­nior di­rec­tor of prod­uct mar­ket­ing for Huawei Con­sumer Busi­ness Group. Their lat­est phones come with Kirin AI pro­ces­sors, which can trans­late text (off­line) and ex­tend bat­tery life by au­to­mat­i­cally clos­ing apps that aren’t fre­quently used.

THE SMART HOME Ama­zon’s Alexa is get­ting even more per­sonal. “We re­alised many cus­tomers have a rou­tine in the morn­ing as they head to work, or at night when they get home,” says Heather Zorn, di­rec­tor of Alexa en­gage­ment at Ama­zon. So the com­pany re­cently launched “Rou­tines”, which sets a series of ac­tions with one com­mand. For ex­am­ple, say­ing “I’m awake” prompts your lights to turn on and cof­fee ma­chine to start brewing. AI can also al­low home ap­pli­ances to pre­dict and al­ter set­tings au­to­mat­i­cally. Over time, sen­sors get bet­ter at track­ing and in­ter­pret­ing well­ness fac­tors like sleep, nutrition and stress, and in turn make ad­just­ments to the en­vi­ron­ment to op­ti­mise health. How can this help you? Jo Aitken, founder of Ate­lier Aitken, a fu­ture-fo­cused de­sign stu­dio, imag­ines a kitchen that con­cocts the per­fect meal based on a daily health or mood scan, and a bed that of­fers aro­mather­apy or even a mas­sage as needed.

THE FASH­ION FRONT We’ve seen AI im­prove the buy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence through ser­vices such as sub­scrip­tion shop­ping plat­forms, but soon it will play a role in the ac­tual de­vel­op­ment of prod­ucts, too. Ac­cord­ing to re­searchers at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia San Diego, who have been work­ing with Adobe Re­search, we’re en­ter­ing a time when AI will not only help cus­tomers find what they’re look­ing for, but gen­er­ate new de­signs in real time, based on their pref­er­ences and shop­ping habits.

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