There was a time AI was available for big companies only but with time as it advanced more, it became more powerful and is now available to a common man as well. With the recent peak in cheap smartphone technologies and 5G becoming more and more available, AI has found new avenues to spread its wings in.
As individuals and consumers, this is a big opportunity for us. AI will now allow you to have the ability to create and navigate in a digital world by creating your very own personal bots.
Our lives are becoming more digital and less physical.
We are almost always on our phones. The reason being, smartphones now do a plethora of things we were previously forced to do manually. Our workplace, schools, colleges, and homes are connected to our phones. Smart homes are the new buzz. All you need is a device that can hear you and speak to you. Most of your chores are now an instruction away.
We’ve all heard this is the era of data. Smartphones are the biggest contributors to this data. Where there is a ton of data there is a ton of meaningful information that can only be extracted via the use of artificial intelligence.
A Tsunami of Data
Every individual using a smartphone is generating data at an alarming rate. With the current technology, you don’t even have to do any data measurements. Our physical movements are being calculated, they are constantly being measured. Applications like Apple Watch, Fitbit and Amazon Alexa could take the blame but all our critical information is now in their stores. They know more about our health, physical condition, medication, and financial data then we do.
It’s our responsibility to know what data are we sending out there with or without our consent.
The rise of Personal AI
AI has proven its use over time. It’s working well for businesses. It was created to learn meaningful insights out of mountains of data but is now being used personally as well. This is were personal AI comes into use. What is it? How will it shape our lives?
As the size of data increases, we all need a personal agent/bot to understand our needs and address them accordingly.
Is Democratizing AI a wise decision?
We’ve known Cloud AI up until now. In recent times, Edge Ai is being introduced. Edge AI is a supercomputer at your fingertips. It’s an opportunity to collect your personal data locally as opposed to sending it to the cloud where it is available for many to see. Our future lives are going to rely on AI more and more. It is, hence, smart to be mindful of securing your data locally. All our devices will be collecting data at home. How about them collecting it locally and not sending it across the internet?
Is Personal AI Possible?
Yes. The only limitation we had with AI was the processing power. With the rise of smart devices and the use of equally powerful GPUs (Graphical Processing Units), personal AI is now a possibility. GPUs are a powerhouse and now offer cheap data processing and storage on local devices. Moreover, 5G technology has further enhanced our situation.
We have the processing, we have the speed, our only concern left is the security. This is where blockchain comes into the picture. Blockchain provides us the security we need to run personal AI. With the combination of these three, namely processing, speed, and security, personal AI is now possible.
Where do you see Personal AI in action?
Google Duplex is your personal assistant that can schedule a phone call for you by listening to your calls. It can understand what you like and dislike. And this is just a few of the things it’s capable of.
In the future, you will be able to make a digital representation of yourself.
How to be prepared for personal AI?
Be prepared, for personal AI is going to be a part of our lives soon. What do you need to do?
1. Secure your data
First things first, secure your data. Try to limit sending your data across the internet. Use encryption technologies, untracked browsers or search using Duck Duck Go search engine.
2. Store your own data
Second, store your own data. Do not make all your data available on the cloud. You can create your own personal cloud if you have data that needs to go up. Nowadays hard drives are very cheap. You can create your own personal cloud and then limit your data’s availability.
3. Practice Digital Minimalism
Finally, practice digital minimalism. Before you bring any product in your life do a bit of research. Know what data it’s taking from you. Any data, if it’s not needed, don’t publish to the cloud. Limit digital leaky buckets. Simply say no to smart speakers and limit your social media presence.
Personal AI is around the corner but our data is being collected and stored by leaps and bounds. Keep your personal data safe and be mindful of what you share. It’s not just you who’s seeing it.