By paraphrasing the title of the famous Douglas Hofstadter masterpiece with AI-IoT-Blockchain we are faced with a new Eternal Golden Braid !
The Artificial Intelligence applied to the Internet of Things creates intelligent worlds from the physical world.
I will not even tell you how many online devices will be in 2020 but I will tell you that the focus will be on the intelligence they will possess and the world in which these objects can be considered trusted, secure and reliable.
Our ambition is to give intelligence to things through algorithms: cognitive computing, machine learning, neural networks and other new approaches will get us closer and closer to the strogn IA and the AI will allow the objects to carry out the actions independently, based on past experience and learning from our habits.
We will have our alter ego in our daily that will help us in all activities: virtual assistants like Cortana will project theirs into the physical world through IoT devices.
The connected world will be able to give us any type of information.
Most likely, the next scenario will be represented by objects that will interact with each other object without human supervision. The washing machine will talk with the iron, the refrigerator with the supermarket, the car with the mechanic and an infinity of scenarios will enrich our lives.
Industry will also have further change. The AI will allow objects to have their own autonomy, behavior, ability to aggregate, reconfigure, move, acknowledge and acknowledge, inform, anticipate the needs and the algoithm will predict many of our desires.
Intelligent objects will need a technology able to support a huge amount of data, manage the integration, support any tpye of connectivity, address the privacy and security. But these is notenough, there is a need for decentralization of IoT networks to manage connectivity with satisfactory performance.
Internet connectivity can be coupled with p2p connectivity, where intelligent objects talk, chat, agree, implement distributed algorithms, and in the not too distant future they behave like a thinking body.
To manage the decentralization of connectivity comes into play the blockchain.
Since not all will have to go from the internet and the objects will be able to communicate in p2p mode, how do you ensure that the communications between the devices are really protected.
How can we guarantee that every message and command that is exchanged between the IoT devices come from from a trusted source and received from the right recipient? Both of these problems can be solved by blockchain.
Blockchain is the ideal communication technology between the individual IoT network devices and has already been embraced by Microsoft.
IoT scenarios will use the same mechanisms of financial transactions, such as Bitcoin, to create immutable records related to data exchange between smart devices. This will allow the devices to communicate directly, in total autonomy, and to verify the validity of transactions without a centralized authority. In this way we can be sure that the controls we receive from our iron are certainly from our washing machine, or to return to the industry, the irrigation and fertilizer controls in the agricultural field are certainly coming from ground state sensors and atmospheric sensors .
And most likely, in the medium term, most IoT devices will have computational capability to execute blockchain encrypted transactions and the storage needed to store transactions.
So I strongly believe that if we want to apply Artificial Intelligence to devices, and develop all the potential, we need blockchains.
“The blockchain will be for artificial intelligence what written language has represented for the development of the human brain” (Orlovsky Maxim).
Among the world’s leading experts in neuroscience, says blockchain, offering a channel to communicate millions of data, may have the same impact on the evolution of artificial intelligence than the one that had since the birth of human language in a single project.
To conclude, according Douglas Hofstadter’s evergreen book:Escher, Godel, Bach an Eternal Golden Braid:
How does intelligence work? We can hope to understand one day our mind and intelligent what really is ?
it is for posterity to judge.