Smart homes are about to get even smarter when cutting edge technologies like ChatGPT are integrated with next generation AI automation systems. We’ll explore what the future of home automation might look like in the very near future, explain the technologies, and how they can be combined to work together.
There are several major trends in digital technology that are focused on improving productivity at the workplace. and providing tailored experiences to individual customers. When these trends converge in the smart of home of the near future the smart home experience will enter the next phase of its evolution.
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Major Trends that Will Disrupt Home Automation
Major technological changes are occurring in different parts of our everyday lives. It’s only a matter of time until these same technologies are combined and integrated into smart home systems.
Hyper Personalized Experiences
Personalization and targeted content have been growing in popularity. It’s getting to the point where technologies like Tik Tok, Facebook, and YouTube are able to deliver content specific to each individual person’s interests. On a bigger scale, media companies like Hulu are able to create longer form content to target niche audiences and still remain profitable while fewer and fewer blockbuster movies with mass appeal are being created. Personalization is the future.
Contextually Aware AI
ChatGPT introduced the world to cutting edge conversational AI. This technology unto itself is incredibly impressive and will have a big impact on how people interact with digital personal assistants. However, the bigger impact might be the AI technology that allows you to have a conversation with ChatGPT and similar AI chat bots is the same AI technology that allows a computer to understand the context of what happened or is happening in time-series.
Most artificial intelligence systems currently use methods of machine learning to determine patterns based on historic data. The challenge for predictive AI is that it needs massive amounts of data to be able to accurately anticipate people’s needs. As Smart Home systems become increasingly integrated, the amount of data collected can be aggregated and used to train better AI models to anticipate people’s needs.
What AI Smart Home Technology will Do
These are the features to be on the lookout for in the coming years as next generation Smart Home technology integrates an increasing number of AI features.
- AI Detects the Specific Person that Enters a Home – Combining smart cameras and smart door bells will enable cameras to detect the specific person walking up to a door, unlock it for them, and greet them with specific lighting and sound settings that are to their liking based on the day of the week and time of day.
- Dynamic Personalization – Cameras within a home will detect where different occupants are at all times. The technology to detect individual people is already common among security systems. When tied into a smart home, a home may anticipate your needs and automatically turn on lights or adjust temperatures based on which direction a person is moving and the probability of walking into a specific room.
- Conversational Smart Assistants – For the time being, the Amazon Echo is one of the best smart assistants on the market today. Amazon and its competitors are rapidly working on deploying ChatGPT style AI to respond to more requests and answer more complex questions.
- Predictive Capabilities – With enough data, it’s possible that AI will be able to anticipate your needs. Similar to how Amazon Fresh stores use cameras to track items you are purchasing and automatically bill you as you walk out the store, in home cameras could track usage of food from the refrigerator and calculate when you are getting low on specific items and recommend ordering replacements.
- Anomaly Detection – Once AI knows your habits, it will also know when something is wrong. For example, if your children get home at a specific time every day but your Smart Home does not register that they have arrived a computer could reach out to you pro-actively to check in on your family.
Some of these anticipated smart home features are closer to coming to fruition than others, and some are almost already here.
AI Smart Assistants are Coming Soon
All of the major technology companies, Apple, Microsoft, and Google have announced their own versions of AI assistants. The release dates are still ambiguous, but most are targeting a release sometime in 2024. They are likely being held back by the amount of compute power currently available. AI language models take up a notoriously large amount of compute resources, and digital assistants like Siri are some of the most commonly used programs on cell phones.
Once the infrastructure catches up to the demand, we will see a wave of AI assistants coming to market. They will first replace Siri and the Google Assistant on our phones. Shortly after they will come to smart speakers letting users interact with them. ChatGPT has already announced features that let it speak.
The ability to speak accompanied by the ability of ChatGPT to interact with different services using ChatGPT plugins will make for an incredibly potent digital assistant capable of completing increasingly complex tasks based on voice command.
AI Camera Technology is Rapidly Improving
The second technology that will have a big impact on Smart Homes is AI image recognition. Computer vision has steadily improved which is especially evident with self-driving cars. What many people aren’t aware of is the ability to use ChatGPT or Bing Images to take photos of common objects and have AI interpret what object is in the photo and answer questions about it.
Combining similar AI technology into smart home cameras will unlock a world where a contextually aware AI system like ChatGPT will be able to understand the physical world that you are living in. and be able to interact with you in real time.
The world is changing faster than ever. A well setup Smart Homes can already complete a large number of daily tasks and make your home more enjoyable. The next generation of Smart Home systems will integrate different AI technologies to make your life even easier.
People will be able to interact with AI systems that are integrated with each other within the home. They will anticipate each individual user’s needs pro-actively. As systems get better at recognizing objects and watching what home occupants are doing it’s possible that one day AI will order groceries on your behalf and have a new gallon of milk delivered before you even realized that you were getting low on it!
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