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Internet of Things (IoT) devices use the internet to communicate, collect, and exchange information. It’s only natural that as these device numbers grow, the swaths of data will too. That’s where Artificial Intelligence (AI) steps in — lending its learning capabilities to the connectivity of the IoT. 

The IoT is empowered by three key emerging technologies:

  • AI – Programmable functions and systems that enable devices to learn, reason, and process information like humans.
  • 5G Networks – Fifth generation mobile networks with high-speed, near-zero lag for real time data processing.
  • Big Data – Enormous volumes of data processed from numerous internet-connected sources.

Together, these interconnected devices are transforming the way we interact with our devices at home and at work, creating the AIoT – Artificial Intelligence of Things – in the process.

There are four major segments in which the AIoT is making an impact:  

  • Wearables – Wearable devices such as smartwatches continuously monitor and track user preferences and habits. 
  • Smart Home leveraging appliances, lighting, electronic devices and more, bringing in more efficiency. 
  • Smart City – Smart technologies are improving public safety, transport, and energy efficiency in cities.
  • Smart Industry – From real-time data analytics to supply-chain sensors, smart devices help prevent costly errors in industry. 

According to weforum.org, there is still an untapped potential in AI & IoT convergence. The following fields are expected to bring about more advantages: Edge computing in home robots and autonomous vehicles, voice AI evolving into fields such as natural language processing (NLP) and ePayment voice authentication, and vision AI used in video analytics on the edge and super 8K resolution.