Making the artificial intelligence of things a reality: Page 4 of 4

October 21, 2019 //By Mark Lippett
artificial intelligence
The advent of the Internet of Things means that machines that have always existed in isolation are suddenly capable of generating data and ‘talking’ to one another in ways that open up revolutionary modes of operation for a huge variety of applications.
  1. Looking forward

From the micro to the macro, hardware that meets these three parameters will have a potentially revolutionary impact on the spread and scope of the AIoT.

And the impact can be enormous. For example, AIoT systems open up the possibility to improve quality of life through connected healthcare - IoT devices that are capable of monitoring things like heart rate or breathing patterns, could pre-emptively flag an incident before it occurs. Over time, the data from these incidents could be shared with a GP or hospital directly – a living record of your, or your family’s, health that helps to guarantee the most appropriate treatment from healthcare professionals.

Expand this a little further, and the smart home opens up opportunities for safety, convenience and automation that resemble something out of Futurama. Voice-controlled thermostats, lights, entertainment devices and more could offer total control without the need to even divert your attention, let alone open a menu.

Widen this further still, and a plethora of smart homes give birth to the smart city, offering the chance to reach new heights in convenience and efficiency. Imagine the saving in time and energy that would be delivered by being directed straight to an empty parking space in a busy city. Streetlights on quiet roads can be turned off until proximity sensors X metres away detect an oncoming car. Microphones can guide emergency services towards noises like gunshots or breaking glass.

No matter how far you want to take the concept of AIoT, its success depends on being able to drive one of the most impressive feats of electronics engineering the digital era has ever seen. If we can secure versatile, processors that pack the necessary punch at the right price, there is no reason why we can’t all be the beneficiaries of an intelligence revolution.

About the author:

Mark Lippett is the CEO of XMOS - www.xmos.com


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