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Imagine being woken up by a smart alarm clock exactly when you complete your sleep cycle. Your smart clock knows this because it is synced to your smart health watch that keeps a track of your sleep, your pulse, and other vital statistics. As soon as you enter the bathroom, your shower starts pouring water that’s adequately warm, and when you get ready and enter the kitchen, you find your coffee maker dispensing coffee at the ideal temperature.
It may all sound like a scene straight out of a sci-fi movie, but it’s not far from reality. Devices powered by artificial intelligence will not only transform the way you live, but also communicate heavily with each other to make your daily life simpler and more convenient.
Home owners in advanced economies like the US and Canada have already started getting dependent on home automation, with AI-powered devices like TV, thermostat, and home security systems becoming common features inside many households. It won’t be too long before emerging economies like China and India feel the ripples of this technological wave.
Home Automation and AI – Statistics
AI-powered home automation systems are seeing an exponential growth. If network and IT giant CISCO is to be believed, home automation devices will represent almost half of the total machine-to-machine (M-2-M) connections in the world, with over 6 billion connections! That’s a staggering figure, considering that M-2-M connections are also widely used in industrial applications, work place, transport, agriculture, supply chain etc.
How will AI help with home automation?
Energy savings: Forgot to turn off your geyser and fan when you left your home this morning? With AI in place, you won’t have to worry a bit about these things because all the devices will be controlled by your smartphone. Even if you leave your home, you can regulate the devices, thereby ensuring that everything is turned off when you don’t need it. This will result in both energy and cost savings.
Security: AI-based facial-recognition tools will ensure that if anyone other than the residents of a home or apartment are trying to get inside the premises, it will alert the smart-locks to add an extra layer of security and send a signal to your local police station simultaneously. You won’t have to worry about the security of your home, pets, kids, or even money and belongings.
Save time: AI is here to make human lives easier, and the first thing that it will improve is time allocation and scheduling. With AI-based devices handling multiple tasks on their own, you can save a lot of time and concentrate more on your professional and personal life.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques may soon show a world that’s more productive, convenient, and safe, but there are potential repercussions too. The more you interact with AI based devices, the more information you will give out to the companies who make these devices. It is important to use these smart devices very intelligently!
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