Artificial Intelligence in household appliances? “We are taking great strides towards this”, warns Inês Lynce

One day, even the most banal household appliances will have Artificial Intelligence (AI) to respond to their owners’ needs and habits. And that day may not be long in coming. “I think that, by leaps and bounds, we are heading there,†predicts Inês Lynce, president of the research institute INESC-ID, in an interview with Futuro do Futuro.

In this podcast episode, we return to AI as a backdrop. In addition to Inês Lynce, a researcher who has already participated in the writing of more than 100 scientific articles, we have the participation of João Tiago Martins, AI and Data Analysis manager. Data from Noesis, which revealed the work carried out around a digital agent that chats and searches information for humans, and which is known in slang as a chatbot. Dave is the name of this new chatbot.

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Joao Girao

“Dave doesn’t have the emotion. Dave behaves according to the business challenge he was built for. I can say “Mister Dave, behave this way†. Therefore, he has no feelings, no emotions, but he replicates them, and can replicate the tone of response,” describes João Tiago Martins.

It was precisely with a demonstration of Dave’s skills that João Tiago Martins responded to one of the challenges posed by Futuro do Futuro with a video presentation of the new Noesis chatbot. In turn, Inês Lynce brought an image relating to the fact that she was distinguished by the Women in Science initiative, carried out by Ciência Viva.

João Tiago Martins reminds us that the final decision is always up to humans

Joao Girao

Today, AI appears as an engine for transforming society, but it wasn’t always like this.

“We often talk about the Winter of artificial intelligence. I remember when, in the late 90s, I started studying artificial intelligence, it was a classic, but it wasn’t on the rise. It was low, it was winter. And now we are in Summer. We don’t know how long it will last, but the community often talks about winter coming back,” warns Inês Lynce.

Tools and habits change, and laws also change. And Inês Lynce, being a technologist and admitting that harmful uses must be guarded against, does not hold back on criticizing the regulations that have been approved for the EU. “When you look at the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and artificial intelligence, I always say: they ruined everything!†says the AI ​​researcher.

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Inês Lynce recalls that robots and digital agents depend directly on the quality of the data. And even if the laws require it, it is not always possible to discover what led a set of algorithms to produce a certain response or result.

“There are things behind (AI systems) that are models that are trained and that are based on certain behaviors, which we cannot explain. These are methods that are often based on statistics and, therefore, are not necessarily rational, but they work very well,” responds Inês Lynce.

João Tiago Martins emphasizes that technological evolution does not have to remove decision-making power from humans. “I always say that the last ‘enter’ (on the computer keyboard) of the last action must be from the human.†The Noesis manager remembers that care and security mechanisms must be taken into account as soon as a new generation of technologies begins to work.

“It is in our hands to create these barriers, these guardrailswhich prevent the model from having this type of behavior that has actions that are out of the ordinary or have actions that, according to what we, when we put together this model, interpret as negative or that should not be taken†€, concludes the Noesis manager.

João Tiago Martins believes that the arrival of robots in the domestic scene can act as a reinforcement of humanism – precisely in situations in which humans are not always available to help.

The person responsible for Noesis admits that the use of robots to accompany children or the elderly can fill gaps in current society: “What we are going to try to do is give people a little more quality of life,†refers. “If I can have a robot to give a little more quality of life and fetch a glass of water, or help with some type of task, for example, cleaning the floor like typical robots s that we use in our homes and that replace the old vacuum cleaners that we had… For me it is a sign of humanism”, concludes the person responsible for Noesis.

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