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Open The Pod Bay Doors, HAL

The 2017 CES was a showcase for what artificial intelligence and voice-controlled digital assistants like Amazon Alexa can do for any piece of equipment that has a circuit board.

Many electronics and appliance manufacturers may consider that artificial intelligence and voice control are still in their infancy. The fact that Honda is showing an artificially intelligent car that can detect and respond to human emotions is just one example of how far AI has come in being almost human.

Too many of the computing giants have put too much money and brain power into the development of AI and voice responsive mechanisms to expect the voice control and AI revolutions to be just another geek fad.

The fact is that any present electronic device or appliance that has a circuit board is a prime target for expansion into voice control through AI with minimal developmental cost and time. A large part of the voice and AI work already exists. The development only requires a connection and interfaces to make any electronic device or appliance totally voice controllable.

Phones can already control the lights, doors, child monitors, and security of your home. The newer phones can do this through voice recognition. The AI that drives this development is so smart that it can tell if the voice is you or a person trying to break into your home after they stole your phone.

Imagine what the future for electronics and appliances holds. You tell your refrigerator to do an inventory. It compares the inventory to what you have used in the past. The refrigerator orders the food and drinks from the stores you select and the groceries are delivered to you. You have time for work or fun.

The whole idea of AI is to make routine tasks as automated as possible. Clothes washing, cleaning, routine home maintenance tasks, letting the dog out, and keeping the children inside or letting them out to play are all possible now.

Naturally, businesses want to know if there is a market for AI and voice control in their sector before they make any investment. The virtual assistance technology market is targeted to grow by 32 percent each year for the next eight years. The total return will approach $8 billion.

The reality is that any electronics or appliance manufacturer needs to get involved with voice control and AI now. The overwhelming acceptance of this technology by all demographics has created a demand for voice control of all things in the Internet of all things.

AI tech is smart enough to do most jobs that presently require a person to turn a knob or push a switch. The rapid pace of voice control and AI is a guarantee that the consumer will demand voice control of all their appliances and electronics now and not next year.

The simple motivating factor for people is convenience and control of a faster pace of life. The motivating factor for manufacturers is the profit and keeping up with the demand that already exists.

Sylvester Kaczmarek is an award-winning entrepreneur and product leader with over a decade of international, quality-driven IT industry experience. To learn more, visit or