The world of artificial intelligence is changing, adapting, and developing new technologies every day. Technology advancements that were once thought to be the stuff of science fiction are now commonplace; this sort of rapid technology development will only continue to grow as teams of scientists, technicians, and others working in the artificial intelligence fieldwork on new and exciting projects.
The wearable AI market is predicted to rise from USD 35 billion in 2018 to around USD 180 billion by 2025, according to a 2019 Global Market Insights, Inc. report. One of the more exciting and daunting possibilities in the relatively near future is the idea that wearable artificial intelligence may someday change our lives–and our intelligence–forever. Let’s take a closer look at the possibilities behind wearable AI and how it will change the world as we know it.
Wearable AI: Roots in Current AI Innovations
First, it’s important to note that artificial intelligence is already changing our cognitive behaviors and intelligence levels. Take, for instance, this example: you are in a business meeting and need to know how many monthly subscription customers were converted to the more expensive annual subscription tier. Asking your Alexa assistant: “Alexa, how many monthly subscription customers did we convert to annual subscriptions in February?” will result in the device telling you the answer. This simple act is the increase of intelligence on the part of your team–and it was all done using an artificial intelligence program.
What Will Wearable AI Look Like?
The recent developments in the ability for artificial intelligence to supplement and even improve our intelligence have sparked renewed interest in the concept of wearable AI technology. AI technology in the near future will likely take the form of wearable jewelry and screens—such as watches or wristbands that include either screened or non screened artificial intelligence devices.
The possibilities for wearable artificial intelligence are practically endless. They can be used for businesses purposes, of course, but also for just about any field out there—and in any industry. For instance, artificial intelligence accessible on a “wearable” basis can be used to assist people working in laboratories, or even assist a physician in diagnosing patients. Of course, there is no substitute for a human worker when it comes to this type of labor—but the capabilities of artificial intelligence to improve our intelligence should not—and can not—be ignored.
Why Wearable AI?
Many people might wonder why anyone is trying to develop wearable AI in the first place. The key reason behind the multiple projects attempting to tackle the issue of wearable artificial intelligence is an increasing need for some smart device that lies in between the capabilities of something like a tablet/laptop and a smartphone/mobile device. People need developments that will allow them to consult artificial intelligence in a seamless way that can be done no matter what situation the wearer finds themselves in.
One such example is AlterEgo, an intelligence amplification device developed in MIT Media Lab. AlterEgo is a non-invasive, wearable, peripheral neural interface that allows humans to converse in natural language with machines, artificial intelligence assistants, services, and other people without any voice—without opening their mouth, and without externally observable movements—simply by articulating words internally. AlterEgo uses silent speech recognition to measure brain signals send to speech organs in the body.
Into the Future
Wearable artificial intelligence technology still has a long way to go in terms of being fully fleshed out and developed in the way that stationary artificial intelligence devices were developed. However, with the hard work and patience of teams dedicated to resolving the issue of wearable artificial intelligence, the future will arrive soon enough.