Don’t Dread AI, It is coming to your Smartphones

Smartphone AI

Artificial Intelligence has crept in our lives more gradually than we could feel it, but as soon as the people realized its potential, the fear of change came almost as fast. Some of the most known names of the science world have at times presented negative views about how computers and robots will bring Apocalypse. We have seen AI making waves in almost every industry and this time it is coming to the device we use to control everything in our life. Yes, I am talking about Smartphones.

When we say we need a smartphone in our daily life, we are agreeing to the fact that this little device in our hands is actually an intelligent system which can do (almost) everything for us. With this Artificial Intelligence revolution, smartphones are going to become smarter than ever. Well, If that statement raises your eyebrows a bit, think about Siri in your iPhone. It is the most beginner form of AI that we have been using since many years. In the forthcoming era, Siri and many other apps will be on their toes to think and work on your behalf. Did you see that coming?

AI Assistants and Offline AI

Development of AI-powered apps and Virtual assistants in Smartphones is progressing at an ever increasing pace. Samsung has launched its S8 with AI-powered Bixby assistant. Motorola, at the Mobile World Congress, announced that its upcoming Moto Mod will be using Alexa as the virtual assistant and by following the league Huawei Mate 9 will be doing the same.

The continuous learning of the Artificial Intelligence system about your routine and patterns helps in creating data that can predict a lot of your activities. Today, the smartphones make use of the data on the cloud, but with the rapidly enhancing processing power, these devices would be making use of the already stored data on the device’s internal memory and will become stronger and smarter even when it’s offline. This is the prime example of how human mind works in recognizing places and things by correlating them with the memory.

However, there are still some debates on either these devices should be allowed to make decisions on your behalf or not. ICO office of the UK emphasizes much on this topic referring to the Data Protection Act. Like, I said earlier, smartphones assistants are your own personal secretary, working for you. It might not ‘always’ need to connect to the outside world to manage your life. Your smartphone has enough data stored in it to do all the basic tasks about you. However, all these functions would be working on an enhanced level with a cloud-based AI. And it would all depend on the level of tasks you need your Artificial Intelligence to perform for you, and the level of accessibility you provide your smartphone.

How are Mobile Apps using Artificial Intelligence?

This might not be the news to many of us because apps such as Google Photos, Google Now and Apple Maps are already using Machine learning and machine intelligence to make your life easier. But there is a lot more that is happening apart from the built-in apps that we use. Let’s highlight a few of them.


Photos, as part of human expression, play a key role in the way we capture and highlight our most treasured moments. AI is the trigger that can revolutionise the way we process, understand and recall our personal data and photos by interpreting them to leverage all the relevant information through the power of storytelling. An app named as “Storyo” is doing this by using AI through an algorithmic storytelling machine that uses data mining techniques and computer vision to process and interpret our digital trail (the “breadcrumbs” of data we generate) and turn them into a narrative. The result is accurate and meaningful video stories made in seconds. Storyo not only empowers creation but also discovery by bringing a Timeline perspective to your Camera Roll. Interpreting user camera rolls enables Storyo to bring back stories that were long forgotten in our data pool.

“To create stories users select the first and the last photo of an event and press play; Storyo’s AI engine then takes care of the rest. Our proprietary patent-pending technology clusters photos in time and space, divides the story into chapters, within an allotted amount of representation time (15”, 30” or 60”) by understanding your photos metadata and the main highlights of that sequence of photos”, Said Filipe Vasconcellos, CEO of Storyo in a recent interview.


Messaging is the single most used feature of smartphones and people type and hit send so many times in a day. Crushh is an app that analyzes text messages already saved on the phone and tells the user how much each person they text likes them. The app analyzes text (SMS) messages and calls logs already on your phone, it needs no additional steps to send us the data and the other person will not know you’ve analyzed them. Crushh has employed Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to understand personal behaviour and has an ability to show how your relationship has changed over time.

“Over the last 9 months, we’ve tested the algorithms on over 10k beta users and hundreds of thousands of relationships.  With a dataset of this size, we’re able to train and adjust for demographics and behavioural tendencies in ways I don’t think possible by many others.  We’ve also consulted with and factored into the algorithms feedback from sociologists, psychologists, and dating consultants”, Said Es lee, Creator of Crushh.

Don’t Dread it, Embrace it!

A machine is as smart as you let it be. Computers today need humans as much as the humans need the machines. A huge part of our everyday life is what we don’t even register is now automated. Your digital card you swipe every day to enter your workplace or the quick Google search for your favorite restaurant or the bills you paid last month with your credit card. What happens in the split-second is that the machine looks through the millions of names in the database, matches it with the right credentials for you, and lets you in for work, tells you the best coffee house near you and approves the transaction from your account.

all these things a machine did for you, the driving force was always the person who needed these things done. That’s what a machine doesn’t have. Machines don’t have the desire, they don’t feel the need of doing stuff we do. Your computer won’t decide one day to take a vacation, it won’t be planning to take over your smart home and lock you in.

Our fear of the Artificial Intelligence is dependent mainly on the machines’ ‘fear’ of ‘taking over the world’ (or our lives, for that matter). AI is just a computer program which executes precoded lines of an algorithm which takes more of the human minds labour and does it for us so let’s embrace it and see how it unfolds itself in the near future.

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