A new report from VentureBeat reveals Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) plans for its fifth-generation set-top box. Recall that the company has been working on an Amazon Echo/Alexa competitor, along with opening up a Siri SDK for integration of third-party applications.VentureBeat spoke to sources privy to the matter and learnt that instead of working on a new hardware device, Apple intends to place the smarter artifical intelligence (AI) assistant in the next-generation Apple TV. The source adds that the new box will solve existing problems, as the iPhone maker pursues its goal to make Apple TV, the hub of everything in the future smart home.
The next major, revolutionary tech device might not be far off from mass adoption, given how many big tech players are moving into the space. Now, I’m not talking about smartwatches (please), I’m talking about smart speakers that live in your home and allow you to interact with their personal digital assistant software. amazon was first in this space with the Echo coming out way back in 2014. But now Google has announced Google Home, it’s own smart speaker system. And there’s even rumors that Apple has been working on a Siri smart home speak for years (well before Amazon unveiled the echo).It’s quite possible in a few years time smart speaks in our homes could be as ubiquitous as the smartphones in our pockets. Apple’s yet-to-be-announced Siri speaker aside, how does Google’s smart speaker stack up against Amazon’s? We took a look to find out.
The integration of artificial intelligence (AI) with the Internet of Things (IoT) is now achieving product commercialization.Amazon’s Echo is one such pioneering AI + IoT product. It’s an intelligent listening device with an interface named Alexa. Why would Amazon develop such a product? Think about the commercial disruption when we are in our home or office and we say “Alexa, order me an Uber” or “Alexa, add a sustainably-sourced laundry detergent to this week’s Amazon Prime purchases.”
Internet of Things startup Wi-Next will add IBM analytics to its systems for industrial quality control and predictive maintenance.The added capabilities, including some powered by artificial intelligence, are designed to help food-processing companies and consumer product makers keep production lines running smoothly despite what’s sometimes a breakneck pace.
It’s no secret tech luminaries like Elon Musk and Bill Gates worry about humanity flirting with disaster though a digital version of the Icarus myth – in our case, the power of artificial intelligence being the sun that eventually burns our wings.Even so, not every futurist or technology pioneer is quite so alarmed that our experiments with AI might confine us all to dystopian doom.