The backbone of AI is data and if you are a smartphone user, you have pretty much shared everything with the tech companies.
The tech companies, thinking ahead of the future are patenting concepts that in a way, represent the future of AI (hint: a lot of monitoring and whispers ahead).
Checkout this collection where we share some of the crazy patents AI companies are going after.
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"Although performance of voice input has been greatly improved, the voice input is still rarely used in public spaces, such as office or even homes," says the patent filing.These are not technical issues but social issues. Hence there is no easy fix even if voice recognition system performance is greatly improved."
This is what Microsoft's patent application says for a system which could allow users to whisper into their voice assistants.
The system is being called "silent voice input" and is a novel way for people to use voice input technology, but quietly.
Knowledge of someone's location prior in advance has many inherent advantages, for both individuals and corporations alike.
For corporations who survive and thrive on selling advertisements, this could virtually mean adding another 'goldmine' to their future revenue pipeline. Highly 'relevant' ads could be thus targeted at individuals, basis on where they are going to be.
Facebook has filed a patent application entitled "Offline Trajectories" for a technology can predict where you're going "based at least in part on previously logged location data."
The system will use a user's previously logged location, as well as other people's, to make predictions.
Traditionally Amazon has not been named as an 'advertising company' but it is moving into domain of Google and Facebook swiftly.
It has patented a technology that would let it's smart speaker Alexa to monitor users’ emotions, analyse the pitch and volume of speaker commands, and respond according to how they’re “feeling.”
Eventually, Alexa may come to recognize “happiness, joy, anger, sorrow, sadness, fear, disgust, boredom or stress” and respond to commands accordingly, maybe with “highly targeted audio content, such as audio advertisements or promotions.”
The patent document describes how the self-driving cars might communicate with those around them in future.
One image shows a car displaying the intended passenger's name as it approaches them while another depicts a self-driving car notifying a pedestrian that it's safe to walk in front of the car.
The patent also includes images showing a self-driving car letting another vehicle know it's yielding and informing a cyclist that it's safe to pass.
Amazon has patented 'System and method for transporting personnel within an active workspace' which describes a system which lets a human safely navigate and work in a place which is dominated by moving robots.
In layman terms it is a 'human transport device', wherein a human stands on top of an automated trolley which is encased by a cage for safety.
A robotic arm would also be added to the cage, which can be operated by the human inside the cage, to fetch for items and other uses.
Currently on Amazon's workplace, humans are not allowed to enter where robots are operating.
Ford Motors have patented a system (non-autonomous steering modes) through which a touch-screen device can be converted as a steering system for a vehicle.
One of the ways which Ford has envisaged is turning the device in to a steering wheel. Control from the vehicle steering system could be passed on to the device through a request, and then a 'base position' is determined for the steering wheel after the vehicle and device are in sync.
The device then can be used as a steering wheel.
While in retail industry it is paramount to study and improvise on the interactions between store employee and shoppers in order to increase store productivity, Walmart intends to take the paradigm to a completely new level.
The company has been awarded a U.S. patent for a "listening to the front end" technology that could be potentially used to build a system of sensors to monitor various shopping activities inside of a store, including listening to interactions between store associates and shoppers.
In layman terms it could be called 'involuntary audio surveillance'.