Class Name and Section: ISEM-501-50
Student Name: Chetan Goud
Assignment: Essay 1 –
Current Topic in IT
Tech Trends to follow at CES 2018
Electronic Show (CES) is a yearly trade show which introduces modern
technologies and products to the tech world. This year at CES convention, automated
products are lined up to get introduced to the consumers. Artificial
Intelligence is the key factor that enables the innovation of such kind of
technologies. Unlike earlier years, this time there are lot of smarter
technologies being introduced at CES. Future would be a place with much interactive
virtual/voice assistants, Smart Cities and driverless cars with an enhanced
bandwidth of next generation wireless technology 1.
What is A.I?
A.I is embedding Software, Complex algorithms and
technologies that fuel machines to make decisions like human. A.I is starting
to have heavy impact on human lives and civilization. Currently, with an
increased hardware technologies there are few A.I algorithms that proved to be efficient
than man power. With the advancement of technologies we could see one day A.I
algorithms will be gaining superhuman intelligence. With this being said,
alongside of lot of advantages A.I provide, there is minute chance of risk involved
in its usage.
Firstly, coming to Voice assistants, which are the center of
attraction at CES convention this year. Amazon was one of the first companies
to introduce smarter A.I devices like Echo, Alexa. These devices have A.I
agents which communicate with human through voice commands. It was a major
success and currently many companies are partnering with amazon to enable their
appliances through Alexa. In my experience, I have been using Google home and
echo which work on my voice commands. These virtual assistants learn about our
interests and give the related suggestions when we ask them. I felt like
interacting with a person and in my opinion this has been a great innovation in
recent years, all thanks to A.I. 2
We have been
experiencing smart homes with appliances interacting with each other on an
internet based connectivity. At CES this year, majority of companies came with
a zeal to take this smarter technology to the next level, connecting cities
over a higher bandwidth internet connection. Firstly, for a smarter city, A.I
agents need to collect and process huge amount of data. By 2020, NVIDIA is
planning to deploy 1 billion cameras with A.I agents installed in them to
capture images and videos of the cities, tracking the flow of traffic and pedestrians.
This will help in finding free parking spaces in urban areas, thus reducing the
traffic of people searching for parking spots in crowded downtown 3.
is not only being used for improving commute, but also for making the cities
secure and safer by protecting people from crime. The A.I agents installed in
the street lights across the city, alerts the police when there are gunshots.
These A.I agents can also give a signal of possible natural calamities. A.I is also getting bigger in health sector, there
are bots which are deriving a huge amount of observational data from healthy
people. By comparing the data from healthy people to the people in bad health
conditions, the disease is known.
“A year spent in
artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God.” —Alan Perlis 5
Tesla is the first
company to come with an idea of driverless cars, to reduce the risk of
accidents. At CES, lot of car companies came up with their progress in
improving A.I technology in cars. In near future, A.I can enable vehicle to
vehicle communication, thus increasing the safety of drivers. Smart highways,
driverless cars, sensor based traffic lights and parking garages fall together
in making people go around with a greater safety and efficiency.
For all the above to
become successful in implementation, A.I technology would require higher bandwidth
5G wireless Technology would provide a strong basement for enhancement of A.I
technology to produce efficient connectivity all around.
“The key to
artificial intelligence has always been the representation.” —Jeff Hawkins 5
my opinion, according to diffusion of innovations theory, every innovation goes
through five different stages, namely Innovators, early adopters, early majority,
late majority and laggards 4. I feel we are the early adopters of Artificial
Intelligence. For example, it took Apple ten years to reach the current late
majority stage, where we could see at least 9 people out of 10 know about an iPhone
now. In the near future, we could see A.I bringing every sector together for a
much efficient living of an individual. This being said, there could be possible
risk involved in the wide-spread of A.I.