What is the Future of Smart Homes and do you want it?
Future of Smart Homes
With Smart Home technology exploding and smart home assistants (like Alexa, Google Home, and Apple Siri) increasingly prevalent in homes the beginning of a brand new home technology revolution is going ahead. In the future of smart homes, the homeowners can monitor and control the home cooling and heating systems, home security systems, door locks, garage doorways, and much more all from simple access to the internet on their smartphone.
Artificial intelligence (AI) will advance that ability by making decisions about the operations of the home without the direct input in the homeowner. Say, for example, the maid comes at a scheduled time while the homeowners are out of town. Video cameras will view the maid’s face which the AI intelligence assistant recognizes. AI also knows they’re there at the perfect time and enables the doorway to become unlocked so the home can be serviced. This short article explores both good and bad impacts of artificial intelligence for that homeowner.
What Is Artificial Intelligence?
Intelligence is the ability to understand information, and to retain it as knowledge to be implemented towards adaptive behaviors within a context or environment.” Simply put, it means using learned information around us to make choices. Concerning human behavior, we make choices every single day according to what we should know. We obey the alarm clock on Monday mornings. We know we have to start the work day to earn a paycheck. On weekends or any other days when we do not work, we all know we don’t need to set that stupid alarm clock and therefore may sleep in.
Choices determine our decisions. The “artificial” aspect comes when we allow a non-living piece of software to learn, decide, and to make choices for us. The majority of the decisions made are pretty straight forward choices. For example, when you should turn the heat off or on or when you should open the doorway (some relatives might be okay with access to the home. Also, strangers or even certain relatives should not have access to your home.
For instance, getting out of bed to go to work is a choice. We have the option of calling in sick and playing “hooky” at times when necessary.
Will Smart Homes make our personal decisions?
We as people are aware of variables which are associated with making that choice. These variables must be programmed into the AI. This will provide it with the intelligence to make these decisions on our behalf. Current versions of consumer artificial intelligence systems available are restricted. That is because the technology is rather new, but it is quickly evolving with each passing day.
The majority of the current smart home assistants like Alexa must have an internet connection. This allows the queries it receives to be cross-checked. By having an extensive listing of similar queries, it will be able to give a correct answer. These smart home assistants may not be true artificial intelligence as we defined it here. But it is a rather advanced cloud (online) computer which uses voice input to interface using the computer.
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN YOUR HOME
Certainly using the pairing of numerous smart devices, homes might have many AI like features. Intelligent thermostats can instantly turn lower once the homeowner has left the home, using their smartphone. Just before the owners return, the smart thermostat can warm-up the house or lower the temperature depending on the time of year. So there’s somewhat intelligent operation from the cooling and heating system. What about homes that have several residences. Each resident having their very own preference when it comes to how cool or warm they like it?
AI could know according to who’s returning home if the house must be warmer or cooler according to the preference of the particular individual. When both or even more residents of the house are in the home, the AI may change the temperature to make everybody feel at ease. As a result, the home is far more energy-efficient and more comfortable.
Another aspect of artificial intelligence in your home might be automatic vacuums. Most automatic vacuums work on a set schedule set by the homeowner, and it doesn’t matter how clean or dirty the house is. A day following a birthday party might require a more extensive vacuuming cycle. Current robot vacuums cannot adjust cleaning time or cleaning location without the instructions from the homeowner. The AI might have the vacuum operate more inside a particular area or operate for longer depending on the circumstances it detects.
Tentacles of AI
Among the critical aspects required for an AI to function in the home are sensors. Just like humans have their five senses, an AI will need sensors to keep close track of things in your home. Visual senses via a camera make it possible for security in addition to monitoring the state of the house (more cleaning, less cleaning, obstacle avoidance, etc.). Audio sensors will also be useful for security, along with other purposes.
Being technology-based, AI systems have numerous sensors you can use in your home to understand more about the home’s atmosphere. For example, air quality sensors, water quality sensors, and light-based sensors. Individual systems that operate inside the house like a robot vacuum or even the Heating and cooling system can share their sensor data by having an AI system to be able to let it make smarter decisions. The AI then turns into a home computer tying together every aspect of the house to create a better life for the people who live there.
Future of smart homes, security And privacy concerns
Just like anything technology related, there is always the possibility of some mistreating it. This will also be the case for the future of smart homes. As we hear about the recent news of social networking giants using the information we share on social networking to market to all of us. This could be upsetting. These companies go beyond just searching what we write on a platform. They use our information for various marketing exploits. Credit rating agencies, along with other data collection information, are more than pleased to market the things they learn about us individually to the top bidder. The same thing is going to be the case with AI systems. The information collected will probably be used to exploit us and feed our consumer appetites.
Smart Home Assistant
Smartphones can track where we’re at. They can also track how long we’re there. They sometimes can even tell who we are with at that time based on a constant internet connection. The smart home assistants (Alexa, Siri, etc.) also require a continuous internet connection. Therefore, the device can eavesdrop using the central server to get a solution to the request posed into it. There is a price for convenience.
Our Floor plans mapped?
Home AI systems will probably require a continuous internet connection for it to supply all of the services and decision making that we expect from it. Would you like the floor plan of your home to become distributed to marketers from a map produced by your automatic vacuum? When you buy a new piece of furniture, you could discover yourself the target of advertisers offering furniture cleaning or carpet services. Having air quality measured with a central house AI can often mean you’ll get advertisements. Advertisements for Heating and cooling cleaning services or air conditioning filter manufacturers because of AI information provided to these companies. Many are uncomfortable with this degree of intrusion.
A new generation of Hackers
Regarding the future of smart homes, yet there is another anxiety about getting a completely connected home. By having an AI controlling most of the systems of the house, online hackers can take it over. Without sufficient safeguards, online hackers can gain control. They can demand money for turning control back over to the homeowner. The homeowner may deny the ransom. The online hackers can run the Heating and cooling system until it burns out or unlock all doorways when nobody is around. This would allow them to steal what they want. Without robust security protocols, the AI home for the future can rapidly be a disaster.
The future of smart homes has two sides. The smart home will automate many features of the house, making life convenient for those who live there. Simultaneously privacy and security risks may dampen the need for that technology. Time will tell if homeowners are prepared to accept advanced AI systems to operate their house for convenience sake and just what privacy/security trade-offs there can be. The world is continually changing. Before there were cars, a car accident didn’t exist. There is always a price for convenience. It becomes more complicated when that convenience becomes a necessity. I hope this article helps give you further insights regarding AI so you can decide whether to jump on the “bandwagon” or not.
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