August 4, 2015
Predictive intelligence is still new to technology, but companies like Apple and Google have already begun to utilize its abilities. Devices are communicating with each other while also gathering data from the real world and using this information to predict. This predictive technology is not only a huge development in technology, but it’s also the starting point in developing artificial intelligence.
With iOS 9’s new predictive features being announced, or “proactive assistance” as it’s being called, there’s a new wave of intelligence being brought to the foreground of technology. Technology is taking on the characteristics of the brain that give it the ability to predict, which it has failed to do in the past. This sort of intelligence is the core of artificial intelligence. That means we’ll soon be living in a world of iRobot where our technology gets too smart and turns against us and Will Smith has to save us all. Okay, maybe not, but isn’t this sort of predictive technology that those movies usually start with? All I know is that if my phone starts walking on its own, I’m getting the hell out of here.
The Internet of Things
Nowadays, there’s a connected space that didn’t used to exist. With the Internet of Things (IoT) and devices communicating between one another, they finally have enough data between them to have that cognitive function that gives them the ability to predict. Google Now has been using predictive functions for a while now. It can use information in your calendar and run it through maps to find current traffic information and tell you when you need to leave in order to get to where you’re going on time. This is pretty basic, but still predictive intelligence nonetheless and still pretty cool. Pretty soon, this technology will be able to predict crime and stop it before it happens or use self-learning analytics in improving cybersecurity (assuming it hasn’t tried to take over by then).
This is the technology that’s contributing to the human experience where technology works to learn us rather than us learning it. Technology is fitting into the context of the world and working in the background to make our lives easier without us having to put in any effort. This technology only exists within the context of our lives when it has data to gather and reasons or circumstances in which to use it to predict. Thanks to it, you won’t have to teach your grandma how to use her cell phone every time you see her because it will be already have tailored itself to fit her needs.
Predictive features in iOS 9
Apple has recently jumped on board and revealed at the Worldwide Developers Conference all the new predictive features that will be included in iOS 9. It uses the same ideas as Google Now, but takes it a step further. Your device will be able to give you reminders or pull up certain apps for you before you even realize you need them. It’ll be like having a little psychic in your pocket all the time who can pull up twitter for you if you use it every morning or put on your music as soon as you plug your headphones in.
Basically what it’s doing is gathering information and remembering how often, when, or where you use certain apps or need reminders and it pulls them up before you even realize you need them. For instance, if you need to buy flowers for your wife on your anniversary, it can use your location and let you know when you’re near a flower shop so you don’t find yourself going home empty handed to the silent treatment. It will also be able to scan your emails for numbers or email addresses you don’t have saved in your contacts and it will save them for you or automatically add invitations to your calendar. Your device will have a brain of its own with the sole purpose of making your life easier. Although predictive intelligence is still in its infancy, it has huge implications for future technology that will make our lives better and that’s pretty badass if you ask me.
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