We have already begun to witness scores of changes in our day to day situation driven by an irreversible force of the 4th industrial revolution. In Oct. 2017, Alpha-Go competed against a human Go-player and ended up beating the man at the Go match. Autonomous driving has been tested successfully, drones were used in various industries for delivery, AI speakers are now widely used to check on one’s daily schedule or weather, a mobile phone app offers translations in various languages, and robots are increasingly replacing human workforce. The list goes on and on.
These changes will soon make the norm of our everyday life. Let’s look at some of the obvious changes that will sweep four locations in our lives.
1. Home, smart home
Let’s suppose you want to check on your baby while you are cooking for your family. But as we all know; multi-tasking is tricky. This is when the power of IoT kicks in. IoT is a concept of connecting any device such as cellphones, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices to the Internet, creating a giant network of connected "things” between people-people, people-things, and things-things.
Cameras installed inside the house are hooked up to the internet to send data to a baby monitor. As the mother walks around the house, cameras will closely follow her movements to deliver videos of the baby to a nearby monitor. This will allow the mother to check on her baby through the monitor display while preparing a meal.
What’s more, IoT devices such as thermal cameras, human-body motion detector can identify a living creature, and alarm system can establish optimal home atmosphere in terms of temperature, humidity, pressure, lighting, and so forth.
2. ‘Do-it-all’ car
For safety, drivers should pay full attention to driving. They should refrain from watching DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting), checking smartphone for text message, drinking coffee, and making or receiving calls. All the activities have been regarded as distractions to driving but with the 4th industrial revolution technologies, multi-tasking when driving is possible.
This is all possible thanks to autonomous driving. Self-driving, also known as driverless driving means that the driver doesn’t have to pay attention solely on driving as driving and parking are done automatically. Self-driving car combines a variety of sensors to perceive surrounding environment and proceed with little or no human input. The sensory information is used to identify navigation paths, obstacles and potential risk of accidents.
3. At-home hospital
When you are sick, first you visit a hospital to meet your doctor, get a diagnosis on your condition and finally receive a treatment for the disease. It is such a hassle to the point that some even forego the treatment altogether.
Also, patients who suspect they may have a certain chronic disease have to wait for the symptoms to progress so that doctors can make diagnoses. The diagnostic process is difficult, and the disease sometimes remains undiagnosed, or even misdiagnosed. Misdiagnosis pushes patients to an expensive treatment path and unnecessary health risks.
But with AI and Big Data analytics, medical care becomes smarter. They accelerate the long and difficult diagnostic process and disease monitoring gets more efficient. With deep-learning software, millions of big data can be analyzed more quickly, allowing more customized medical treatment possible.
For medical homecare, patients can take advantage of a biometric authentication process. They can simply register their fingerprints, which will automatically be sent to doctors to provide a more personalized medical care at the convenience of home.
4. Immersive movie theater
With VR technology, you can be part of a movie you’re watching. Up until now, movie watching has been a passive activity where people just sit together in a movie theater and watch the movie. Here, there is a clear boundary between the content and people. But when using VR, you can watch a 360-degree movie and interact with the film’s characters. The boundary between the movie and real-life is blurred; this offers a more vivid and extraordinary movie-watching experience.
These are some of the obvious changes that will shape the future of our daily lives—in places such as home, car, hospital and movie-theater. With the 4th industrial revolution technology becoming an integral part of our life, numerous more wonderous and marvelous changes will come into play.