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Artificial Intelligence of Things

Mapping Your Home and Spinning the Spatial Web

In this article you will learn more about a few new collaborations within artificial intelligence of things (AIoT); applications of AIoT; mapping your home; and the spatial web. Billions of dollars are being bet on smart homes to best understand how to deliver these specific products and use aggregated behavioural data to sell you other products. Which large company will know your home best?

AIoT with Xiaomi and IKEA

The largest smartphone manufacturer in China named Xiaomi seems to have made a deal with IKEA last year (2018) to make smart lighting devices. The deal is as far as I know IKEA’s first partnership with a Chinese technology company. Xiaomi did around the same time announce its $14,4 million investment in the Xiaomi AIoT Developer Fund. This fund will be supporting the development of technology both hardware and software within the field of artificial intelligence.

  • IoT adds value to AI through connectivity, signalling and data exchange

Applications of AIoT

On the surface it looks like these applications are oriented mainly towards retail with cognitive machine learning in consumer appliances, however as the new lighting collaboration with IKEA and Xiaomi may prove there are other ways to conceive of AI Awareness Engines that combines the sophisticated individual tracking of the user with smart home appliances that can learn from response and interaction.

Mapping Your Home With AIoT

With a smart lighting device a phone can understand when you are home. This is however nothing new, and you could argue energy companies might know. Heck, even your smart vacuum cleaner knows, and it can easily map your home to do a better job.

Who Spins The Spatial Web?

By mapping your home large companies such as IKEA and large online retailers can suggest what you need through an impression of your home. Either that or Google can strategically monopolise the information, then quantify the data about homes and sell it to retailers who want the most efficient and effective advertisement to target their customer.

  • Physical computing technologies, like IoT and robotic sensors;
  • And decentralized computing: both blockchain — which enables greater security and data authentication — and edge computing, which pushes computing power to where it’s most needed, speeding everything up.

What is #500daysofAI?

I am challenging myself to write and think about the topic of artificial intelligence for the next 500 days with the #500daysofAI. This is a challenge I invented to keep thinking of this topic and share my words with you.

AI Policy and Ethics at Student at University of Copenhagen MSc in Social Data Science. All views are my own.