This Is What an AI-Powered Future Looks Like

A society reliant on artificial intelligence will have a dramatic impact on the design of cars, houses, products and services.

Today we are just beginning to scratch the surface of what is possible with artificial intelligence (AI) and how individuals will interact with its various forms.

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Every aspect of our society will be re-imagined and redesigned to incorporate AI.

Every single aspect of our society — from cars to houses to products to services — will be re-imagined and redesigned to incorporate AI.

A child born in the year 2030 will not comprehend why his or her parents once had to manually turn on the lights in the living room. In the future, the smart home will seamlessly know the needs, wants and habits of the individuals who live in the home prior to them taking an action.

Voice computing will change the future

Before we arrive at this future, it is helpful to take a step back and re-imagine how we design cars, houses, products and services. We are just beginning to see glimpses of this future with the Amazon Echo and Google Home smart voice assistants.

Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft understand that the future of computing is voice input, powered by artificial intelligence. Moving toward a future where voice will become the primary input command will balance the playing field and allow those who have medical conditions such as early stage Alzheimer’s to continue to communicate and interact with society.

Rick Phelps, who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease in June 2010, sums up his experience with the Amazon Echo: “It has afforded me something that I have lost. Memory. I can ask Alexa anything and I get the answer instantly.”

The experience that Phelps describes is the future of computing. It is a future in which every car, house, product and service is connected to the internet and powered by artificial intelligence  and one where all people of all ages can benefit.

Children of the future will grow up fully immersed in a world powered by artificial intelligence. The design of this child’s world will be completely different from our world today, as the child will learn how to communicate with a machine by the time they’re 2 years old.

As a child’s vocabulary grows into full sentences, their personal artificial intelligence engine will grow up with them. These children will grow up in a fully immersed world of AI where they will interact with everything using their voice.

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, recently penned a blog post in which he described a similar future with artificial intelligence: “In the next 10 years, we will shift to a world that is AI-first, a world where computing becomes universally available  be it at home, at work, in the car or on the go  and interacting with all of these surfaces becomes much more natural and intuitive, and above all, more intelligent.”

While the interaction becomes more natural, the way we design for a future that integrates artificial intelligence seamlessly into daily life will pose a challenge. But it’s a challenge worth tackling: The artificial intelligence industry is projected to grow to $70 billion by 2020 from just $8.2 billion in 2013, according to Bank of America.

Even in the cars we’ll drive

Companies designing autonomous vehicles are experimenting with integrating voice computing platforms powered by artificial intelligence to enhance the passenger experience.

As an example, in a recently released McKinsey & Company report, researchers used an example of a lunchtime opening at a nearby sushi restaurant.

“A route that avoids current traffic can get you there in five minutes  wanna book and reroute?” the AI technology asks.

The artificial intelligence engine will then book the reservation and reroute the car to the sushi restaurant. The data generated by this transaction will be part of the overall global revenue pool from car data monetization, which is projected to increase to between $450 and $750 billion by 2030, according to McKinsey.

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Individuals will become more efficient with everything connected to an artificial intelligence engine.

If you travel in a shared autonomous vehicle  which Morgan Stanley estimates will grow from 4 percent of global miles driven to 26 percent by 2030  the vehicle will be designed for functionality, as opposed to aesthetics.

Using your smartphone as a key fob, the artificial intelligence in the shared autonomous vehicle will automatically set the vehicle for your riding preferences. In theory, the same will be true for the smart home of the future, but the house will be shared with your family and friends, not necessarily strangers.

Are you ready for change?

The popularity of the garage in the United States started around 1925 when houses with garages started to sell faster than homes without a garage. By 1939, 80 percent of all new houses built had a garage. This growth was partly fueled by the design of the automatic rolling garage door.

Today the necessity to design a garage for the smart home of the future is lessened as a majority of individuals will subscribe to an autonomous vehicle brand instead of owning a vehicle.

When you subscribe to a vehicle, 95 percent of the time you will not need to garage the vehicle when it is not in use.

Instead of pulling up to your house and going through the routine of opening and closing the garage doors, the autonomous vehicle will drop you off at your front door. Upon entry, the house will be set the way you prefer with lighting, temperature and music depending on the time of day you arrive.

The artificial intelligence that powers your smart home will understand the quirks that define you and will ensure the house operates in an efficient manner. The home will always be listening and waiting for voice commands to complete tasks.

When the home becomes a smart home and society is inherently intertwined with artificial intelligence, our habits and traits will change.

Individuals will become smarter and more efficient as everything they own or subscribe to is connected to an artificial intelligence engine. This gigantic shift in society will have a dramatic impact on the design of cars, houses, products and services.

Are you ready for change?

This article first appeared on Brulte & Company and was republished with permission.

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Grayson Brulte is the Co-Founder and President of Brulte & Company, an innovation advisory and consulting company that designs innovation and technology strategies for a global marketplace.

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