What is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence is computing power able to perform complex tasks that would otherwise require a human brain to perform. A motion sensor triggers a light to turn on. But Artificial Intelligence considers the time of day, the person walking around, and where they are walking to decide which light to turn on and how long to keep it on for.

Imagine all the things a house can be aware of. Such as the presence of the people who live in the house, what they’re doing and what every device in the house is doing. If you want the house to think like a human, the house needs to be able to analyse the data a human would analyse before making a decision.

Home help of the future

You wake up in the morning and your alarm goes off with a song. You wanted to discover new music on Spotify and this song is on your suggested discover list. What’s really amazing, is not the song. It’s the fact that you didn’t have to set the alarm the night before.

This is because Artificial Intelligence through the cloud watching over you, trying to simplify your life. It knows today you have a yoga class, as it checked your workout goals, booked you a class at the local sports centre and added it to your calendar. And it was smart enough to calculate travel time and set your alarm for the appropriate time, together with a suitable piece of music.

As you walk down the stairs to the kitchen you can smell the coffee brewing, and your yogurt & granola is ready & chilling inside the fridge. The fridge knew earlier in the week you were getting low on yogurt & granola and placed an online order.

As your rushing, there’s no time to set the alarm or open the curtains. You don’t even turn off the music or the lights. It’s not that you forgot to do all of these things. You just don’t have to think about them. The house knows you left for your class. So it locked the door behind you, turned off the coffee maker, opened the curtains, turned the heating off, shut off the music and switched off the lights.

Later that day the sensors in your cupboards measure the unused toilet paper, the dishwater tablets and washing powder. You’re running low. An online order is placed. When it arrives, the cameras at your front door recognise the Tesco, Asda or Orcado van, coordinate and open the front door lock.

An embedded camera takes the delivery persons picture and a voice is heard through your speakers, asking him to set down the packages just inside the house. Cameras watch him from beginning to end, and the door closes on its own behind him as he leaves. Your robot then proceeds to unpack the items and place them where they belong.

As you leave your class and get in your car an alert is sent home that you are on your way. The heating comes on. As you arrive, step out of your car, you pause briefly at the front door for a retinal scan. Yes it’s you. The house knows, opens the front door, turns the lights one and starts your favorite playlist.

Hubby isn’t home just yet. So the out side lights are turned on but dimmed and music is played faintly in the background. Dinner tonight will be free range chicken and steamed vegetables selected for you, based on your objectives and tastes programmed into the system. The ingredients were in the fridge, delivered a day earlier and stored by your robot.  Your robot starts cooking so that when your hubby arrives, dinner will be ready.

A gentle voice comes over the speakers to tell you that coronation street starts in 10 minutes and announces for your hubby, it’s time to begin the hour of work he wants to do before going to bed. The curtains are closed, lights are dimmed, and the TV is turned on for you. While your hubby has some background music and different lighting in the office. Both your watches show your internal body temperature and blood pressure, and the house adjusts the temperature, fans and lighting to suit each of you.

And do you want to know the best thing? You don’t even have to worry about cleaning up. In the morning after you both leave for work, your robot will pick up after you, wash the dishes and vacuum the house.

Artificial Intelligence today

Yes, this all sounds great and will certainly allow you more free time to enjoy the pleasures in life. No more food shopping, no more cooking, no more washing up, no more cleaning, no more washing clothes and no more ironing.

But Artificial Intelligence, although probably advanced enough, is not yet cost effective enough to be incorporated into our everyday lives in this way.

For now, we’ll have to make do with apps on our smartphone to control the lights, TV and heating. And Alexa, Siri or Google Assist to choose our music and manage our calendars.

But smart speakers will advance further and be linked to many more things in the home and work. As an example, we are already aware that multi-function printers for home and business (in the future) will be linked to smart speakers. Which will allow you to ask Alexa (or your favorite) to print out a map, a recipe, a photograph, the kids homework, a report or your boarding passes. Without having to physically use your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

For us this is great news. As our home printing service (Infinity) and small organisation printing service (MY Print Service) will be at the centre of the Artificial Intelligence controlled smart home and business. And will still provide you with certainty of your total printing cost, certainty of guaranteed service and certainty of guaranteed support. Leading to your total piece of mind.