Artificial intelligence is a field that has the possibility of changing people's lives. With applications in healthcare, business, finance, and other places, it seems like it is everywhere. To help you understand where it is going right now, we have compiled a list of top AI trends for the next year. We dove deep into market reports such as Markets and Markets report, studied the news sections of tech magazines and personal opinions of AI experts and futurists to provide a full and comprehensive account. Here's what we can expect from AI in 2021.
The long-rumored Apple car might finally become a reality. After sputtering in development several years ago and then being shut down before it saw the light of day, the tech giant's car project is apparently back on track. Several outlets, including CNBC and the Wall Street Journal, have reported that Apple is discussing a deal to manufacture a vehicle in the U.S. Apple did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment but the company rarely discusses future products. Given Apple's status as the world's most valuable company – it's worth about $2.3 trillion on the stock market – any new product it's pursuing should be taken seriously. "We continue to believe it's a matter of when, not if, Apple enters the EV race," Wedbush Securities analyst Dan Ives wrote in a research note, referring to electric vehicles.
Ford will invest $29 billion in electric and autonomous vehicles through 2025, more than double the $11.5 billion it promised through 2022 less than a year ago, the automaker announced. Of that, it will spend $7 billion on self-driving tech and $22 billion on EVs, including the $7 billion it has already paid over the last five years. Some of the new vehicles will be plug-in hybrids (PHEV), but most will be all-electric, including products like the Mustang Mach-E and upcoming electrified versions of the F-150 pickup and E-Transit commercial van. Ford also noted that EVs will be "fundamental" to the Lincoln luxury brand. "We are accelerating all our plans... increasing battery capacity, improving costs and getting more electric vehicles into our product cycle plan," CEO Jim Farley said in an earnings release.
Toyota Motor Corp. is tapping a star Silicon Valley robotics expert to help put the final touches on an operating system it says will go up against that of Tesla Inc. Called Arene, the system allows new features to be installed in a car's existing hardware over the air and provides a platform for developers to create software. It's being developed by Toyota's new technology research arm Woven Planet Holdings Inc., led by Chief Executive Officer James Kuffner, a former Google engineer. Tesla is already a leader when it comes to over-the-air updates of a car's operating systems, which control everything from braking to Wi-Fi, locking and lights. It has been upgrading its electric vehicles' battery range and autonomous functions remotely via updates since 2012. On an earnings call last week, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said Tesla is willing to license its software capabilities to third parties and is already in talks with original equipment manufacturers.
Wallbox is looking to make inroads in North America with its first home electric vehicle charger for the region. It created a new version of the Pulsar Plus, which the company has been selling in Europe, for the market. Wallbox says the charger works with all EVs. The features include Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice control, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, charge scheduling and flexible amperage setting. The device is available in two configurations.
ARK Invest defines ''disruptive innovation'' as the introduction of a technologically enabled new product or service that potentially changes the way the world works. ARK focuses solely on offering investment solutions to capture disruptive innovation in the public equity markets. ARK began publishing Big Ideas in 2017. This annual research report seeks to highlight the latest developments in innovation and offers some of our most provocative research conclusions for the year. ARK notes that risks associated with investment in disruptive innovation include: rapid pace of change, exposure across sectors and markets, uncertainty and unknowns, regulatory hurdles, political and legal pressures and competitive landscape.
Imagine walking into a greeting card store to get a bespoke bit of poetry, written just for you by a computer. It's not such a wild idea, given the recent development of AI-powered language models such as GPT-3. Called Magical Poet, it was installed on early Macintosh computers and deployed in retail settings nationwide all the way back in 1985. I came across this gem of a fact in that year's November issue of MacUser Magazine--a small item right near the announcement that Apple was working on the ability to generate digitized speech. You see, perusing 1980s and 1990s computer magazines from the Internet Archive is a hobby of mine, and it rarely disappoints.
The car, however, didn't work as advertised. It could drive, turn corners and stop on a dime. But the fancy technology features VW had promised were either absent or broken. The company's programmers hadn't yet figured out how to update the car's software remotely. Its futuristic head-up display that was supposed to flash speed, directions and other data onto the windshield didn't function.
The upcoming Cadillac Lyriq SUV is the first electric car for the Cadillac car brand, but it's the reimagined dashboard display spanning 33 inches across that attracts the most attention. Mercedes-Benz also has a massive 56-inch Hyperscreen that will be available soon in its first EV. These car screens and others introduced at the annual tech show CES feature a new user interface that looks more like a well-rendered video game than an infotainment display to turn up the heat or play a podcast. Past CES shows used to wow with announcements about bigger and bigger dashboard screens, but now it's about what's on them. The Lyriq's 33-inch LED display stands out on its own, but its graphics feel almost too sharp for a screen stuck in a car.
Hyundai and Apple might not be wasting much time with their electric car discussions. As Reuters reports, Korea IT News has claimed that the two companies plan to sign a partnership for self-driving electric cars by March. Production would start at Kia's factory in the state of Georgia, with roughly 100,000 EVs rolling off the line as soon as 2024. A "beta" Apple car could be ready in 2022, the Korean news outlet said. Reuters previously said Apple's vehicle might lean on cutting-edge battery technology that would extend range, improve safety and avoid the use of cobalt.