Does AI mean “Assistant Invasion”?

Does AI mean “Assistant Invasion”?

As the dust settles on CES 2018, with a feeling of “more of the same”, it can be difficult to filter out the step-changes, but the trends are loud and clear… artificial intelligence, smart homes and digital assistants are forming an orderly queue to our front doors.

Admittedly the big guns are taking aim on our castles – Alexa was everywhere, whilst Google hit back with Smart Displays and Apple dropped the seductive Homepod into the fray.

And so the volume of the voices of Artificial Intelligence and Home Assistants grows to a clamour.

Are we so keen to open up our homes, our most private lives, to these intruders? There is certainly a strong resistance to the “always on” listening technology (and/or its perceived eavesdropping) as our homes get smarter. Will these assistants take up residence as tireless butlers and concierges? Or is that a threshold too far for our privacy and an invasion of our personal space?

There is no doubting the growth (or, perhaps, pervasion) of voice-enabled Things creeping into our homes (beyond our smartphones). These can offer hands-free, Space-Oddyssey-like value, with a utopia of morning weather and traffic forecasts as we drink our freshly-brewed coffee, or step-by-step gourmet recipe guides as we prepare our dinner party delicasies.  But do we really need AI taps and toilets? Shhh… Did you not see what happened in “2001 A Space Oddyssey”??

So perhaps it will take a more subtle, creeping invasion, through our tech hubs – our smartphones, our smart TVs and our smart consoles – before we’re comfortable welcoming these Assistants into our domains.

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