Science Fiction no more as AI systems begin to serve our everyday information needs.
Today, we live in a world where machine learning, natural language understanding, speech recognition, and other innovative Artificial Intelligence technologies are making their way into our 24/7 digital consciousness. And our passionate technology experts are leading the charge! With laser-like focus, they are working to turn what was science fiction a mere decade ago into convenient and helpful tools for our everyday lives. The future is now.
In fact, most experts predict a proliferation of focused Artificial Intelligence systems within the coming ten years. Many leading tech companies—Amazon, Google, Apple, MicroSoft and IBM among them—are making large strategic investments in the development of a range of voice-activated, Artificial Intelligence enabled products.
Voice is a natural and intuitive method of interaction for most people and voice computing’s growth will only continue to grow. Beyond Siri, devices like Amazon’s Echo are becoming more and more common in homes across the country. You don’t have to look any further than the Voice Assistance Device market for proof.
- Gartner, a leading technology research firm predicts that by 2018 30% of our interactions with technology will be through “conversations” with smart machines.
- Google reported in September 2016 that one in five searches on mobile are conducted using voice computing.
- According to eMarketer, this year 35.6 million Americans will use a voice-activated assistant device at least once a month. That’s a jump of 128.9% over last year. Triple digit growth is also projected for 2018.
This August, Imaginuity launched its new, proprietary platform called Community Connect for Alexa, Amazon’s voice activated intelligent personal assistant. This innovative use of AI technology will enable cities to better engage, update and communicate with its residents.
Community Connect enables residents to receive information through Alexa powered devices, such as the Echo and the Echo Dot. This includes general community news, event details and urgent information such as road closures and emergency alerts.
The new platform will also be extended to include Google Home and Apple HomePod. Additionally, Community Connect will continue to be refined and its skills set is expected to be expanded.
Imaginuity partnered with the City of University Park in North Texas for Community Connect’s initial launch and expects to see early adoption of the platform in cities nationwide.