This byline was originally featured on Technative.
According to research from Amdocs, connected devices in the home requiring a constant connection are booming. Households with more than nine connected devices have increased by 50% since 2021.
This is predicted to grow even further, with the global consumer IoT market more than doubling by 2027. As new technology like the metaverse, cloud gaming, and mixed reality become more cost-efficient over time and adoption booms, in-home networks will become increasingly stressed.
At the same time, the generative AI alarm clock is ringing, and we are collectively waking up to the opportunities that come with it. AI provides a great opportunity for all economic classes to do things that were once only possible to those who spent years in a university, creating an amazing opportunity to close bridges in the socioeconomic divide. In essence, I see AI as a new superpower that levels the playing field.
However, the AI we’re seeing today from the likes of ChatGPT, Dall-E, and Stable Diffusion is profoundly different and more human than anything we’ve seen before. Lack of access to current AI tools prevents individuals from learning how to work with these tools to get the desired information. Think about how we learned to use Google and search engines properly when they first came to be.
These areas colliding bring an alarming viewpoint; even though the majority of consumers now have an internet connection, 61% are concerned that new digital experiences like the metaverse, AI and AR will increase the digital divide due to cost, access, and more.