Early this morning I had my first real encounter with pocket AI. Promptly at 8:30 am, a notice popped up on my phone saying I should leave for the airport immediately in order to not miss my flight!
White text popping out from a red background. Google Now had checked my calendar and noticed that I was flying to Dallas from LaGuardia and would probably drive down I 95 to get there. But after consulting Waze, the crowdsourced traffic monitoring tool, it determined that the highway was very congested. Not only that, but it noticed that there had been an accident on the access ramp near where I usually get on I 95 from Route 7. This app suggested a couple of other possible routes that would be faster based on the data it had assembled and analyzed. And together - they determined I would have to leave ASAP to make the plane.
While I was strolling through dreamland, these apps were talking to each other in the dulcet tones of machine language. Inside the glass-covered rectangle next to my bed, major processing and rationalizing had been taking place - identifying the fact that I was traveling, where I was going, how I might get there and what the implications were for my schedule.
Then it hit me. Imagine the powerful implications this kind of portable interrelational computation will have on improving the lives of the 4 billion people living at the base of the pyramid.
A farmer in rural Africa will has his livestock chip-enabled. Aggregated and rationalized data would appear on his smartphone about courses of action if there were issues: the animals appear dehydrated – check the water supply. Need more protein – add a richer source to their diet. Pocket AI could provide the name and contact info of a local vet if more serious problems were identified. Perhaps even schedule an appointment and provide directions.
A woman running a small business in a remote location in India will receive an application on her phone for a grant from the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises available only to women-owned businesses. Included will be contact information for a potential new partner perfectly matched to sell her products, as well as a list of pre-screened candidates eager to work for her - based on the projected growth trajectory of her business. Pocket AI then provides a model outlining additional revenue potential over the next five years and makes suggestions for other investments to support the recommended approach.
How else might we use pocket AI to improve lives of those struggling at the bottom of the global economy? Please share your ideas.