Four ways that AI will make your next PC truly personal

The future of personal computers is set to become deeply personal. We’re now stepping into a transformative era for PCs, where artificial intelligence and machine learning will play a pivotal role in shaping their evolution.

Things haven’t always been this revolutionary. Less than a decade ago, many predicted the decline of PCs as global demand cooled. But against the odds, PCs have retained their crucial position in our day-to-day lives. This is because PCs have continually evolved, adapting to the changing dynamics of our work environments and lifestyles.

Today’s PCs perform nothing like they did 40 years ago, when Lenovo first entered the market. From the days of the “DOS PC” to the era of Windows PCs, Lenovo has led the way as an innovator by always anticipating people’s changing needs to stay ahead of the curve. During the past few decades, PCs have come a long way—with more intuitive user experiences and more sustainable designs.

The lockdown in 2020 underscored the indispensability of the PC as the central portal within our homes for work, learning, and more. This triggered a PC renaissance, where a PC per household became a PC per person. During that time, the PC also got smarter.

Now we’re on the brink of a new era where the PC signifies more than a user-machine bond; it promises uniquely tailored experiences, amplified by AI. Historically, a PC upgrade would imply better graphics, new processors, increased memory, or a more streamlined design. But the next evolution of PCs will offer a more profound shift: Computers that can understand you, possibly better than you understand yourself.

Generative AI, with its capacity to create and adapt, puts new demands on our devices that yesterday’s PCs could never have supported. Yet, the PCs of the future are gearing up for this very challenge, engineered to be instinctive, anticipative, and deeply personalized. The next PC you buy won’t just be assisted by AI – it will likely be fully AI-enabled, offering a profound user experience like never before. Put simply, we’ve transitioned from “DOS PCs” to Windows PCs, and now we’re evolving from AI-assisted to full-fledged AI PCs.

Here are four ways that AI PCs of the near future will become much more personal.

1. THEIR PERSONAL FOUNDATION MODELS MAKE THEM UNIQUELY YOURS, WHILE SAFEGUARDING YOUR PRIVACY.

Your next PC or smart device will feature “personal foundation models”—AI systems uniquely tailored to you. These systems will adapt to your preferences and habits, enhancing their assistance as time goes on. While these models will reside more securely within your device, they won’t be transmitted to the cloud without your explicit consent. And over time, they’ll evolve to intuitively anticipate your needs, proactively offering solutions.

These personal foundational models will allow users to be more productive since the responses will be better aligned to your preferences and needs. Tasks can include drafting work documents or emails tailored to your tone of voice, setting up meetings, summarizing meeting minutes, and dynamically visualizing and presenting insights from complex data sets—helping you become significantly more efficient.

2. THEY NEVER STOP LEARNING.

The Lenovo LA AI chip, which powers the Lenovo AI Engine+—a machine learning algorithm that drives real-time adjustments to optimally tune system performance—thrives on learning for rapid data analysis and self-improvement. It also enables features like frames-per-second monitoring and power disbursement between CPU and GPU, which allows for faster image and video rendering. This chip is engineered to improve over time—all the user has to do is continue to use their PC. And as impressive as that sounds, a dedicated NPU in AI PCs can seamlessly anticipate the user’s needs in real-time, operate without compromising on performance, and is made to be un-intrusive. And of course, it never stops learning.

3. THEY HAVE A DYNAMIC KNOWLEDGE BASE THAT ADAPTS TO YOU.

An AI PC isn’t just reactive; it’s a dynamic knowledge reservoir. By collating information from different localized sources and the user’s inputs, it evolves into a custom encyclopedia and interactive assistant that’s attuned to the user’s unique interests. The more you engage with it, the more it becomes yours. Over time, the AI not only recognizes your frequent queries but can anticipate your needs, offering information even before you ask for it. Think of AI PCs as your personal assistant who can anticipate where you need to go or what you need for the day, like composing content or preparing work status updates before a meeting happens.  

4. THEY’RE DESIGNED FOR NATURAL AND INTUITIVE INTERACTIONS.

But for AI to truly revolutionize our computing experience, it must be able to communicate with users in a way that feels natural and intuitive. AI PCs achieve this by prioritizing human-centric design and communication. This means you won’t need to learn complex commands; you’ll be able to simply converse with your AI-enabled device in your natural language, making the learning curve nonexistent.

The year ahead promises a transformative era where AI will become an essential part of personal computing. This presence of AI everywhere is expected to usher in a significant wave of AI-enabled PC upgrades in the coming years.

Lenovo’s vision is to be a pioneer of an ecosystem where AI seamlessly integrates into our digital existence. This will span from Lenovo workstations equipped with the latest AI hardware and software solutions to support AI developers and data scientists – across our PC portfolio of ThinkPad, ThinkBook, Yoga, and Legion – to the Lenovo Device Intelligence Plus software that enables enterprise fleets to run smoothly and efficiently by anticipating and preventing device issues. Together with industry partners, we are tapping into the vast potential of AI to harness a future where PCs feel less like a tool and more like a natural and useful extension of ourselves.


This article was originally featured on Fast Company at the following URL: https://www.fastcompany.com/90966679/four-ways-that-ai-will-make-your-next-pc-truly-personal


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