Internet of Things vs Artificial Intelligence, What's The Key Difference Between The Two?

I just thought of dedicating a blog post for those who've been asking about the key difference between "Internet of Things" and "Artificial Intelligence".

Here's how I usually explain it simply --

Internet of Things gives users the ability to control devices in one's home and office as well as in other environments via the internet. For this to be done, our appliances and devices must have access to the internet and must be capable of being controlled through dedicated applications or software. This gives rise to the creation of connected-products versus older versions that can't really go online. Some examples of IoT products are air-conditioning units, Smart TVs, home LED lighting systems, surveillance cameras, rice cookers, vacuum cleaners, and washing machines that can be controlled through mobile applications remotely.

Robot Artificial Intelligence
Robots with Artificial Intelligence are already being developed. (Photo Credit: Alex Knight of Pexels)

Now, as for Artificial Intelligence, it's for a category of devices that can perform tasks or accomplish projects with little to no human intervention. This can be accomplished through complex computational software that's capable of resolving issues or predicting outcomes. Because solving problems - especially relating to humans, plants, animals, and the Earth as a whole - can become devoid of morals or compassion, it's important for companies that develop AI to establish ethical standards that will ensure that the technology won't be used for evil.

Essentially, active human intervention can be considered as the key difference between IoT and AI. Although, for ethical reasons, companies that are developing AI technology - like IBM - are saying that AI can not replace humans and that active partnership between human and machine is important in AI systems.

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