With the arrival of artificial intelligence specific hardware, we are really close to changing our use of the smartphone, but for this we need to rethink many aspects.
Artificial intelligence is a word that has been present in the mobile world since the appearance, back in 2011, of Siri, the first modern personal assistant. The version that Apple included on the iPhone surprised the entire industry for its indexing capabilities, speech recognition and text-to-speech quality, however it was not “smart” until Cupertino began to adopt new computational techniques, pigeonholed in what is now known as artificial intelligence.
In this sense, there are many advantages that techniques such as machine learning or deep learning are providing to the user in the day-to-day. It is palpable in applications such as Apple Photos or Google Photos, where each company, with a different approach (Google processes the information in the cloud and Apple does it in the terminal without transferring information outside) offers incredible possibilities about photos. If it was voice recognition before, it is now object and scene recognition that is shaping the future of UX.
But, coming out of these very specific uses in one or two applications, what can artificial intelligence do for us in the near future?
Today, and without making overly pretentious approaches, the easiest thing is to assume that what hardware manufacturers and software developers have been announcing for years must happen: devices and applications will learn from our usage patterns. In that sense, specific hardware such as the Kirin 970 from Huawei or Apple’s A11 Bionic, ready to make AI calculations faster and using fewer resources.
However, there is a lack of practical applications that really denote deep analysis of the information present in the smartphone and the user’s usage pattern. They come to mind functions as basic but so in need of information as when sharing a tweet, the different operating systems know or guess the group or users to which you want to send this information.
For example, if we have contacts or groups with whom we usually talk about technology or politics, and we send a tweet from a political or sports journalist, the suggestion shown should be to send to one of those two groups depending on the topicwithout making us look. There may also be novelties such as smartphones shooting and applying effects with the dual camera without the user having to worry, and then offering all the available options, etc.
We are at the beginning of a new era, and under the name of artificial intelligence will come a lot of smoke, but we are prepared for the beginning of an explosion of uses that in three years will begin to modify enormously how we use our devices.