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Source: SFR ACTUS as of 19-06-2020

Increasingly present in new technologies, including smartphones, artificial intelligence still has a limited role. Some of its functions are already being exploited, and aim to simplify a few tasks, especially photographic ones, while others could develop in the coming years…

Artificial intelligence, or AI for intimates, has long been the subject of all fantasies, especially in the field of science fiction, with even a Steven Spielberg film talking. But like any technology of the future, it had to become contemporary at some point. In recent years, AI has been invited to us, via various programs or objects, such as connected speakers. But also in our smartphones…

And contrary to what fans of Minority Report and other anticipatory works might have thought, its impact is currently quite limited. Of course, it’s always possible to converse with Siri,  Alexa  or other artificial intelligence voice, and if you could talk to your you about 20 years ago, he or she might look at you strangely… But we are still a long way from a  Terminator scenario, where machines could rise up and take over. In fact, when it comes to AI in smartphones, we must first talk about machine learning,a form of machine learning. Rather than thinking and proposing on its own, AI learns from all the data and information provided to it, and adapts to propose automatic adjustments, especially in the field of photography. This is what we find for example in the new Samsung Galaxy S20.

Combined with photo sensors, the artificial intelligence of the Galaxy S20 allows, as for other smartphones (Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi, but also the latest iPhone ),to analyze the image captured in real time, and to propose several photos to be able to choose the one you want to keep, playing on the brightness, contrasts … Using predefined algorithms (where you can find the concept of machine learning),the AI of a smartphone can detect objects in front of the photo sensor, recognize the composition of a scene and identify faces, to highlight what needs to be. Concretely, if a face takes more than 20% of the frame, the AI will move the camera into portrait mode, and if it doesn’t detect a face, it will go into landscape mode. Or let you know you’re taking a picture of a vampire…

AI, MORE THAN A SMARTPHONE PHOTO ASSISTANT

But artificial intelligence in smartphones doesn’t just serve as a photo assistant. It is also intended to improve the performance of the device, for example by optimizing its autonomy. As you use it, it understands the user’s habits, and adjusts the power of the processor, depending on the time of day or the most used applications. So if you’re used to launching Google Maps every night at 6:00 p.m. for your running, the AI won’t use GPS sensors at other times of the day, to focus on that exact moment when it knows the smartphone is likely to be used for this purpose.

Far from being invasive, the role of AI  is therefore still particularly limited for the time being. It is primarily integrated to make life easier for users, but its functions are expected to become more and more extensive in the coming years, to further anticipate the needs of smartphone owners. By sending a notification to warn that the movie session we are going to starts in two minutes and that we should walk a little faster, ordering an item that was no longer available that we had put in his basket, detecting our moods to vary the volumes or frequency of notifications …

Finally, artificial intelligence still has many fantasies to feed… Who knows, soon we might be able to do like Tony Stark with Jarvis in Iron Man?  

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