Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

IoT + AI = Love, Romance and Passion

Data mining of gazillion bytes of data via software and hardware and real-time predictive advanced recommendations are powering the relationships of today

Flashback. I used to be this traditional guy, who used to ask a woman out by putting in a note, or dialing her number via the black rotary dial phone. The voice on the other end would make my day in an era of non-Airwaves voice calls. I would be waiting for her on time in a non-Ola Uber period waiting for her to turn up. I look back and think there was a certain amount of mystery and romanticism in that process.

Back to 2016. I think the process hasn’t changed but technology definitely is smarter now and has fast tracked the meeting points. The mystery seemingly has gone missing but the challenge of getting a lot of time to be with the person has been resolved via the chat messenger algorithms, the induction of 2 billion user base from the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp.

I love our new age kids. They don’t care about the mystery. But, there are other things that matter to them most, and it’s interesting as we are in a 6 billion devices era. They argue with me and are shocked to know the ways I used to date and cannot fathom the pining or the mystery. We have Flow, Tinder and all sorts of platforms to bring together like-minded individuals. They fast-track to romance and they are happy. I love the way the expectation management of romance is augmented by a FaceTime, a Skype call, and how if they miss someone, the person can appear within seconds. I would have used these digital tools, were they a part of my ecosystem then.

Consider the deep learning and machine learning algorithms running through the biggest IoT (Internet of Things) device we carry along every minute: your smart phones. I used to bench 220 before meeting a gorgeous woman whereas a Fitbit Blaze keeps track of my muscle and BMI (body mass index) all the time so that I’m conscious of my health 24x7—not just before dating someone. Aren’t you amazed?

A sudden artificial algorithm lets your emotions fly when you were just thinking of the said “individual" and it appears on your Facebook newsfeed. Visual searches are augmenting the network algorithm platform and facial pattern and match is powered by a naming convention algorithm to find out the next generation of searches for your old girlfriends and boyfriends, which has a completely different connotation to heart breaks.

Back in the decades there was literally no way out to look out for your long lost passionate “Ex" who you had pined for years… and who probably vaporized in thin air for various reasons. Sometimes s/he had even left the country for the Western world or merely become a completely different individual and time and space between the characters that have crept in their lives.

Now back to 2016. Supported by the visual search algorithms, deep learning recommendation techniques based on decision tree modelling via neural modelling used on popular social networks your “Ex" is literally a few hours of dedicated searches away. Predictive intelligent speech to text, which is the next generation of Siri and YouTube searches, intends to not only capture accents but also capture near to perfect names of individuals. So find your “Ex’s", igniting the affair of your lifetime (assuming you have reciprocation) or simply making a new friend in an old flame while your life walk down memory lane is literally expected to happen in real time.

Now we’re in an ecosystem, which is governed by artificial intelligence models and techniques, powered by IoT devices, and are passing data and continuously being analysed. Data mining of gazillion bytes of data via software and hardware and real-time predictive advanced recommendations is powering relationships of today and of the next age. It’s the reason that a lot of like-minded individuals who wouldn’t have otherwise met, are meeting.

I would like to leave you with the thought that, yes, human civilization has come a long way and, yes, all innovations of technology whether it be IoT, omni-channel commerce, Big Data or artificial intelligence may take over. But the reason to gift a rose and feel completely mushy and have “The Pallat Moment" in men and women won’t change. So let’s embrace and romance our way to glory.

P.S. Please don’t forget to clear your cache.

The author is global chief technology architect, innovation lead, SAP-APJ.

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