Heck – yes, he is, in fact.

Artificial intelligence, or AI, technology is at the forefront of a ton of new initiatives to use or create new technology, usually for the benefit of our daily lives. One example is the virtual assistant. A virtual assistant can be used to take requests and responses from people without actually asking for information. They could start small, like asking for directions, then full-blown applications, like “Pick me up from my hotel in Rio de Janeiro at 5:30 AM”, followed by direct texting.

Virtual assistants will increasingly be available in large shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, gyms, health clubs, stores and other venues. This technology will help keep our busy lives in a connected, social world. Companies are figuring out how to incorporate deep integration capabilities in these devices to keep users in the loop on new products, sales and services while they’re in the store.

This is also an opportunity for app developers to incorporate AI, as they can test new software applications like virtual assistants in order to learn how to incorporate them into their users’ lives.

This is truly the future of technology. Apple claims they’re on track to create an app that helps you more easily stay connected to your friends and family. Beyond meeting smart home needs, the ability to maintain complete internet connectivity throughout your entire home will be something that will change the way we interact with technology for the better.

After all, we’re not all getting rid of our phones every day. The replacement might not be coming anytime soon, but Google’s Assistant, Google Now, Siri and Cortana are already here, and they’re powerful tools. Take it for example, there’s a website dedicated to Google Now – go to www.googlenow.eu to access the page. Here you can view all the information you have on Google Now and see how you can get it to help you with your day. Your option is in the arrow at the top right of the page – make sure you’re comfortable, because all the AI itself will likely know your location, media files, and most importantly, as you move around. It may be easier to remember the details about certain scenes or events, for example, you may not remember an article about an important event from someone else – so you may want it to be easy for it to find the actual source for that news event.

It’s good to get with the program you’re already using – it might have developed over time and is more accurate now, but hopefully the software will keep getting better.

Of course, more advanced developments in AI and robotics have been making headlines lately. Google Home, Apple HomePod, Echo and Amazon Alexa are definitely a few. Google Home comes with voice-controlled haptic feedback to assist in the creation of times better when to expect something and dictate questions. Apple HomePod comes with voice-based virtual assistants that can communicate with iTunes purchases and services – basically Siri now through the assistant on HomePod, as well as a digital assistant built into iOS 10. Alexa, meanwhile, can control your smart speaker and your home all without actually requiring you to actually call a device. There are other questions to be addressed, but the answer is very accurate.

Developers are not only adding voice-activated capabilities in their AI apps, but they’re also adding some of the more subtle or optional features that can be developed with basic human skills and some (but not all) keyboard shortcuts. Amazon Alexa is probably the most advanced in the whole range of AI applications – it allows users to reply to emails or answers to any questions. You can tell Alexa to turn off your garage door, reply to the phone number, play music or podcasts – it’s just a matter of rightting the cards for proper responses. This will likely only get better, considering the patent award granted for Alexa by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Although the value for “New Apps” will never replace human interaction, there are some that can help automate some of the “Basic Things”. One such feature is called smart cookies, the method by which a computer can predict what you want to buy and check prices.

For example, Google Home, Apple HomePod and Echo all come with smart cookies which let these devices understand your local local retail stores, compare prices, and listen to what you want to hear – I mean, you get smart cookies already, why not add them to your devices?

Who knows? Maybe, just maybe, we’ll all be plugged into the machine for more than just the buttons and locks.