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Artificial Intelligence & Home Automation

Mark Zuckerberg’s name is often only associated with the company he founded, but it turns out that he is also into home automation artificial intelligence. The Facebook founder has built an AI that not only controls his house but can also distinguish his voice from that of his wife. You can’t just get into his house and start shouting voice commands because it will know you are not its master and will refuse to obey you. The AI’s name is Jarvis, and it can turn lights on and off, play songs and even recognize who is at the front door.

Zuckerberg is thinking of making his Jarvis just as functional as the fictional Jarvis AI in the Iron Man movies. He is even trying to make it help him get dressed in the morning by shooting clothes at him through a pipe. But Zuckerberg’s AI version is nothing when you study the possible future capabilities of automation AI.

In fact, Elon Musk doesn’t think that Zuckerberg’s system is even an AI and dismissed it as a “really expensive light switch.” But some experts argue that Jarvis learns to do different tasks according to the behaviors of its owners.

They say that this fits into the definition of AI because it can adapt to various situations by using machine learning algorithms without needing any human intervention. This fits with the idea that AI will turn our homes into intuitive robots that learn who we are and serve us based on how they have “read” us.

We already have home automation systems like Amazon Echo and Google Home that listen to us and devices like the Nest Thermostat that learn our behavior. It would not be surprising if someone created a house that could listen, learn, and see. A London based startup, AI Build, has been working on such a system and they describe it as the system that will make the smart home “natural and intuitive.”

amazon echoThey believe that all it takes is adding “teachable” programming and visual input methods to instruct a home hub. Most systems available in the market rely on either voice input methods or apps to control automated devices in a home.

But their system will add cameras to the mix. The system will use a group of cameras each with a 60-degree view placed in strategic areas in a room. Together these cameras are supposed to achieve a 360-degree perspective of that room. The built-in computer can then be taught the position of different objects in the room; how to recognize different people; and how to respond to a range of motions and gestures. Imagine a home that can see instructions, hear instructions, and read emotions.

The AI Build hub algorithms will give it reinforcement learning. This means that as time goes by it will be able to pick up the natural gestures and voice characteristics of frequent users. Users will be able to customize it to respond in certain ways to specific gestures. For instance, the system will be able to learn that when you point at a light fixture you want it to turn on or off. It will be able to do this without you saying anything or directly instructing it.

How will it feel living in a home with Smart AI?

An advanced home automation AI will run a system that does not need a lot of input from the user. It will be able to detect things like a gas leak and quickly notify you using alarms and then evacuate you to a safe location while at the same time calling emergency services. The AI will understand your activity priorities without you instructing it in any way. For example, the system will know your work days and learn that you prioritize waking up at 6 am and then set the alarm 30 minutes before 6 am. It will do this without you instructing it in any way.

The possibilities for smart AI in home automation are almost endless. But there is no doubt that smart AI will change home automation significantly in the coming decades.

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