Bots and digital assistant are everywhere – we will find your christmas gift in 2017 with a bots!
In the 2013 movie “Her,” Theodore Twombly, a lonely writer, falls in love with a digital assistant designed to meet his every need.
She sorts emails, helps get a book published, provides personal advice and ultimately becomes his girlfriend. The assistant, Samantha, is software capable of learning at an astonishing pace.
Samantha will remain in the realm of science fiction for at least another decade, but less-functional digital assistants, called bots , are already here.
These will be the most amazing technology advances we see in our homes in 2017.
Among the bestsellers of the holiday season were Amazon.com’s Echo and Google Home. These bots talk to their users through speakers, and their built-in microphones hear from across a room.
When Echo hears the name “,” its LED ring lights up in the direction of the user to acknowledge that it is listening.
It answers questions, plays music, orders Amazon products and tells jokes. Google’s Home can also manage Google accounts, read and write emails, and keep track of calendars and notes.
Google and Amazon have both opened up their devices to third-party developers — who in turn have added the abilities to order pizza, book tickets, turn on lights and make phone calls. We will soon see these bots connected to health and fitness devices so that they can help people devise better exercise regimens and remember to take their medicine. And they will control the dishwasher and the microwave, track what is left in the refrigerator and order an ambulance in a case of emergency. […]