AI and 5G

AI has grown to become quite the avid topic, especially with the way technology companies are using this intelligence in a variety of applications. But, prior to popular belief, AI has been around quite a while now, dating back to the 1980’s. Do you remember the KITT car from the popular David Hasselhoff starrer – Knight Rider? The in-built AI in the car was able to have multi-lingual conversations with the driver and access every single nook and crevice of the vehicle. It could drive itself and take charge in tricky situations. This idea was exclusive to sci-fi movies, till a few years ago.

Let’s break it down. What do we already know about AI?
AI is a powerful technology that learns by analysing vast amounts of existing data to predict future outcomes. AI is most commonly seen in OTT services like online video streaming where AI algorithms analyse a user’s activity and compare it to the library of content, recommending what they might like to binge-watch next time. Look at the automotive sector for example, AI is being implemented in multiple ways including – virtual driving assistance, speech recognition, machine-vision systems and even driver condition eva`luation. This enables a smart car to not only integrate with IOT or Internet of Things but also learn about its owner and environment. The result? It may adjust the internal settings i.e. temperature, audio, seat recline and much more, automatically based on the owner, drive itself and offer real-time advice on traffic and even road conditions.

With so much data in the mix, what could contribute as the brains behind the operation? 5G technology is the next generation of wireless communications which is expected to provide internet connections that takes this up a notch. The confluence of AI and 5G have the potential to be a game-changer in a world that thrives on cutting-edge, disruptive technologies.

Why are 5G and AI so well matched? Speed is critical when carrying out multiple functions that consumes vast reserves of data. For example, autonomous cars, need to process data at high speeds to help avoid crashes. With the existing 4G, service providers continue to provide value-added services but face a variety of limitations when looking at expanding into – AR and digital homes, smart cities and much more, going forward.

AI also offers some exciting benefits when combined with the Internet of things. As more devices become connected, more data about human patterns becomes available for machine learning to capitalize on.

To look at the bigger picture, this could completely revolutionize medicine. Medical studies endeavour to track as many patients as possible over a period of time to see how lifestyles or locations may impact long-term health. We can now safely imagine a time when a significant portion of the population wears smart health monitors at all times. Statistics can be tagged, timestamped and sent to a collaborative cloud to be processed and utilized.

The possibilities are limitless, and a planned process will help deliver the exponential impact of AI and 5G as we progress forward. I foresee the integration of AI and 5G as a potential to boost cost-efficiency and unlock new experiences and I believe that we are going to see more from them in the future.