I think it is safe to say that the past couple of years have outputted amazing technologies, with the internet of things (IoT) becoming more of a must than siloed devices, I think it is safe to predict that 2019 will be the year of autonomy.
Companies with conversational interface devices such as,
Amazon, Google and Apple are at the forefront. I have the Amazon Echo Spot and
it is amazing and I’m not even using it to its full potential. The fact that
you have the ability to control your whole house with your voice is simply
incredible, not only for an average user but it has the potential to change
disabled people’s lives by giving them greater independence by being able to
control their homes simply by speaking commands. I can turn on my TV and navigate
my Amazon Fire Stick through my Echo Spot, get a morning news briefing and play
music really well through it, via the Spotify app. When I am able to get a
house, I will be purchasing the Ring, which is a doorbell with a camera,
connected to the Echo.
I think this is why it can be said that Apple is struggling
to compete with Amazon, Google and other companies who are more collaborative.
Apple’s business strategy with the iPhone was brilliant when it first came out,
shutting down the competition by making everything exclusive. However, this is
now back firing on them and frustrating customers. Personally, I think the
iPhones are great but overpriced for what they are, I want the new Google Pixel
3, but I have an Apple Watch which will only connect to Apple devices… so I’m
stuck in the Apple void. Amazon with the echo device line, has provided so many
devices that are compatible with any IoT product e.g. WiFi controlled light
bulbs, heating companies who have wireless heating controls like Nest etc. This
has meant that it profits but also doesn’t mean that you have to buy only
Amazon recommended products to be able to use it.
Autonomy isn’t only in the home, cars are now becoming more
autonomous, Tesla is far advanced in this area with Google close behind. The
research going into this is incredible, but it still isn’t commercially viable
for a fully automated car. Likelihood is this won’t be coming out in 2019, but
developments I believe will leap this year in this area.
Autonomy is also closely paired with AI, Big Data and
Machine Learning, our goal in business is not only to automate simple tasks to
increase profits, but is now to learn from what is automated, what data can we
collect to then put in processes to make us more efficient.
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