Future Intelligence
Living in a World of Ambient Intelligence



 
Future Intelligence
Living in a World of Ambient Intelligence

 
More and more people make decisions based on the effect their actions will have on their own inner, mental world.

This experience-driven way of acting is a change from the past when people were primarily concerned about the use value of products and services, and is the basis for the experience economy.

Ambient intelligence addresses this shift in existential view by emphasizing people and user experience.



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In computing, ambient intelligence (AmI) refers to electronic environments that are sensitive and responsive to the presence of people.

Ambient intelligence is a vision on the future of consumer electronics, telecommunications and computing that was originally developed in the late 1990s for the time frame 2010–2020.

In an ambient intelligence world, devices work in concert to support people in carrying out their everyday life activities, tasks and rituals in easy, natural way using information and intelligence that is hidden in the network connecting these devices.

As these devices grow smaller, more connected and more integrated into our environment, the technology disappears into our surroundings until only the user interface remains perceivable by users.

The ambient intelligence paradigm builds upon pervasive computing, ubiquitous computing, profiling practices, context awareness, and human-centric computer interaction design and is characterized by systems and technologies that are:
  • embedded: many networked devices are integrated into the environment
  • context aware: these devices can recognize you and your situational context
  • personalized: they can be tailored to your needs
  • adaptive: they can change in response to you
  • anticipatory: they can anticipate your desires without conscious mediation
More and more people make decisions based on the effect their actions will have on their own inner, mental world.

This experience-driven way of acting is a change from the past when people were primarily concerned about the use value of products and services, and is the basis for the experience economy.

Ambient intelligence addresses this shift in existential view by emphasizing people and user experience.

The interest in user experience also grew in importance in the late 1990s because of the overload of products and services in the information society that were difficult to understand and hard to use.

A strong call emerged to design things from a user's point of view. Ambient intelligence is influenced by user-centered design where the user is placed in the center of the design activity and asked to give feedback through specific user evaluations and tests to improve the design or even co-create the design together with the designer (participatory design) or with other users (end-user development).


As far as dissemination of information on personal presence is out of control, ambient intelligence vision is subject of criticism. Any immersive, personalized, context-aware and anticipatory characteristics brings up societal, political and cultural concerns about the loss of privacy, as soon as any third party gets control over the respective information and status data.

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However, any disabled person may welcome the implicit information presentation and access to improve support and individual assistance. Hence there must be a distinction between solutions for personal improvement and any other purpose.

Power concentration in large organizations, a decreasingly private, fragmented society and hyperreal environments where the virtual is indistinguishable from the real (hyperreality) are the main topics of critics.

Several research groups and communities are investigating the social-economical, political and cultural aspects of ambient intelligence.

New thinking on Ambient Intelligence distances itself therefore from some of the original characteristics such as adaptive and anticipatory behaviour and emphasizes empowerment and participation to place control in the hands of people instead of organizations.

As long as there is no legal obligation to open one's individual status data to any access by third party, the degree of freedom still is to stay away of any such solutions and all services with inherited methods of that type.