While analysts have predicted the dominance of artificial intelligence to bring the next major wave of innovations in computing technology, Samsung is already gearing up with its digital assistant, Bixby to supercharge smart devices, even with a potential move into areas like robotics.
Samsung during its press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show, CES 2019 in Las Vegas stated that the entrance of Bixby digital assistant will help people manage their routine using robots and also be able to check to see if gas in their car's tank is enough for a specific trip.
The voice-powered digital assistant, Bixby was announced alongside the Galaxy S8 and S8+, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Tab A during the Galaxy Unpacked 2017 event on March 29, 2017; though the assistant can also be sideloaded on older Galaxy devices running Android Nougat and above.
Now, the company is betting hugely on artificial intelligence as the next wave of computing technology, with the technology poised to link its various products to let consumers do more with their devices and third-party apps like Google Maps will soon be able to work with Bixby to do even more on Samsung's gadgets, like searching on live TV.
Samsung's effort to improve in its software and services has been a huge challenge, with some noticeable gaffe including the building of own operating system, Tizen and S Voice, its first stint at building a digital assistant, which eventually was scrapped a few months afterwards.
But, the company is not in want of success stories in some areas, and it wants to replicate that with Bixby as it plans to employ 1,000 specialists on artificial intelligence by 2020, with the same timeframe given for making its products inter-connected and integrated with the digital assistant.