You know what they say: You never know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone. Just another post on AI and IoT you say? Sure, now hand me your phone. Forever. That’s right, you don’t get it back. How’s that feel?
Admittedly, we are dependent upon technology; even reading this, you’re living the digital life. Artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are two of the most powerful Clydesdales in the technology stable. They are fast disrupting not only the business landscape but transforming our very way of doing business and how we live our lives. In case you think this is just another blog post spewing jargon and rehashed AI and IoT tropes, know that I’m living into the transformation within my own organization, Thulium, and my personal life.
As I write this, I’m up 30,000 feet and tapped into the inflight WiFi. While its dearth of speed reminds me of my old dial-up connection, it’s irrefutable how far we’ve come in such a short duration of time. Between the Pavlovian bell notifying me that my approved electronic devices can be turned on and the inflight beverage service, I’ve already received three notifications on my iWatch from my Ring app. On my mobile phone, I see in real-time the airport carpark did indeed plug in my Tesla at the charging station, and as any self-respecting working mom would do, I turned up the heat using the Nest app on my phone because I forgot to adjust the thermostat before leaving my family at 0-dark-thirty this morning.
Only a few years ago, I could’ve called this the start to a riveting work of fiction. In today’s world, real life is stranger than fiction. Yes, Francis, there is artificial intelligence, and we are tapped in and tethered culturally. We have been assimilated. Resistance is futile. The IoT and AI in our pockets and handbags have seamlessly woven their way into the very fabric of our existence as human beings, and we’re never going back. Oh, I forgot to give you your phone back, here you go.
While arguably AI is the rage-du-jour for 2019, I would argue that the IoT, while less talked about than the Kardashians, may perhaps have the greatest impact on business over the next five years. AI, paired with machine learning, has had significant success in specific applications, even though generalized AI is still out there on our horizon, a vision, but alas not fully realized yet. The IoT however, has spread across many applications and infiltrated a vast number of businesses.
For those who are not as aware of how the IoT is impacting our lives, let me share a few examples that might be more common than my inflight experience. Do you have a voice assistant like Siri, Alexa, or Google Home? These devices, while powered by AI, are also IoT devices. A newer car or truck? Most likely an IoT connected device. Ever been tempted to track your teenager who is using the family car? You can thank the IoT. Even your mobile device is an IoT device. Anything and everything connected to the Internet is an IoT device. Beyond consumer devices, companies in industries from farming to utilities are harnessing the power of the IoT in connected tractors, drones, pumps, valves, switches, and even bearings.
The spread of Internet connectivity among virtually every device around us has created the world of the IoT. Every device has an identity that can be tracked, monitored, given direction to, and received information from. While AI will help us utilize all this newfound data and connections, the IoT is having an even more profound effect on the world around us and our experience of the world around us.
By connecting virtually everything, including our understanding of our world, and enabling our ability to manipulate our environment even from afar, our very near future will look magical to those born only a few generations ago. Okay, yes, even I am still pinching myself. We’ve come a long way baby.
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