Whether it’s Siri, Bixby or Google Assistant, if you’re about to unbox a shiny new smartphone, there’s a good chance it’s preloaded with your very own voice-activated AI software. But what is it actually there for? Well, as it happens, an awful lot.
But despite the big names in mobile pumping millions into AI technology, virtual assistants remain seriously under-used. And that’s a shame, because the majority of smartphone users are missing out on all manner of useful life hacks.
Here at EE, though, we’re determined to change all that. So let’s take a look at how AI has taken over the smartphone world – and how it can actually improve your life.
How on earth did you know that, Siri?
These days, most smartphones will start getting to know you the moment they’re set up. What do we mean? Well, ever noticed that your iPhone keeps suggesting that odd, obscure word that only you and your mates use when you’re messaging? That’s because it’s picking up on words you use most and taking it on board. It’s learning – machine learning-style!
And while it might seem a little weird at first, interacting with your AI assistant is key. The more it gets to know you, the more precise it’ll be. We know it’s frustrating when it’s not 100 per cent correct at the first attempt, but did you know you can actually correct it? With Siri, for instance, you can use the ‘tap to edit’ feature to tweak your question – and your AI assistant will remember the info for next time and do better. Yep, it’s actually getting to know you and your personal needs.
And it’s not just you. Since AI assistants communicate with remote servers rather than your phone’s processor, the more people that use them, the more epic and knowledgeable they get.
Of course, there’s some astoundingly clever tech going on behind the scenes. Researchers use a process called deep learning to ‘train’ software with data, and teach it to make inferences based on what it sees. For example, they might feed it with thousands of photos of Chihuahuas, and in time, your smartphone will learn exactly what a Chihuahua is – without getting annoyed when they bark at the postman.