BY Wesley Diphoko 2 MINUTE READ

When OpenAI unleashed ChatGPT other tech companies felt pressured to reveal their AI powers..

Many were not ready to share their AI capabilities. As a result, many have claimed AI powers where they don’t exist. Hardware and smartphone manufacturers however have been impressive about their AI integrations. The hardware and smartphone market has brought forward products together with the AI tag which raises the question about the makeup and anatomy of an AI device.

At the foundation of it all there’s data. The device needs to have data about behaviours in general and in addition to that, data about its primary user. Data about behaviours in general will assist the device to recognise certain actions and act as expected. As for data by its user this is what would make an AI device a personal device. Imagine a device that has data about your health, finances, food and clothing preferences. Such a device would be in a better position to warn you about allergies based on two forms of data, health and food. It’s a device that can become your official financial planner and coach by accessing your financial data. Clearly, an AI device would force you to give up access to your data in return for a personalised service. This brings me to another important part of an AI device, its hardware features. In addition to data, an AI device will come packed with powerful chips that process data and all this critial information.

Smartphones have always had chips however an AI device will need to come packed with chips that enables the device to process data without handing it over to the cloud.

The more we use AI devices, there will be a greater need to safeguard personal data. Countries will have to demand that its citizens data is processed without crosising borders .

This will place a heavy burden on device manufacturers to design products that avoid data violations.

While taking care of all these elements an AI device will have to solve some of our challenges. Some of these challenges include language barrier, multitasking and other basic things that we need to function and live with others. An AI device that can be our personal assistant in communicating with others is what would make it a device that adds to our intelligence in a way that does not threaten us.

I’ve seen a couple of AI devices and one that stands out so far is developed by Samsung, the GalaxyAI. One of the most impressive features is it’s ability to enable a call that translate a language of the caller to the language of the receiver. This is one great example of using AI to assist human beings. My other favourite functionality on the Galaxy is its ability to transcribe notes from my interviews. After recording I’m able to get written notes from the device. For now all of these tools are not perfect however I foresee that in the future they will become very useful in our lives.

The devices that we have currently have some AI capability. Be prepared to see some form of AI in your devices.I do see gaps and I can’t wait to see more AI smartphones.