Is Blockchain the Answer to Data Security in AI Voice Assistants for Smart Homes?
A significant percentage of the world population is inclining towards making their homes smart through devices powered by AI. In 2018 it was recorded that more than 40 million houses in the US had smart devices in their households. According to the market survey, by 2021, that number is expected to double. We are looking at a future where every household will be run by AI butlers, an advanced and updated version of the present-day Alexa, Google Assistant and others.
Security Issues in AI Voice Assistants:
AI-based voice assistants are one of the most happening technologies of this era. From minimal household chores like turning on the air conditioning to answering complex questions or simply playing the song of our liking, these voice assistants can do a lot at just one command. All you got to do is say the wake words.
However, there are lingering concerns among consumers. For example, these voice assistants record all the conversation goes on in the background, once the wake words have been uttered. The data collected is recorded in the cloud to make the Artificial Intelligence more responsive and smarter to tackle future commands.
The problem with this system is that the data stored in the cloud is susceptible to hacking, which puts your personal information at risk. This is exactly where Blockchain comes in front as the problem solver.
Blockchain for Data Security in AI Smart Devices:
When it comes to ensuring the security of data and transactions online, nothing works better than Blockchain. Even in the case of AI-based smart devices, Blockchain can bring the value of privacy to the existing systems.
Instead of using the cloud to store the data, the use of Blockchain can process all the information on a decentralized ledger upon the device. Such a system will make sure that all personal data stays within the confines of the home. Even with no access to the collected data the functioning of the AI voice assistants can be improved for the better with the help of federated learning processes through cryptography and Blockchain technology.
The users can send encrypted data to the Blockchain network in return for tokens. That data after getting processed is accumulated by the app developers. The machine learning model will be fed with the encrypted data and the federated learning process will take care of the privacy protection. It ensures that all the data shared and collected remain secure and immutable.
The solution is simple. If there is no data, then there remains nothing to hack or steal. Blockchain is more than a technology that makes data secure and private. It’s more of a technology which incentivizes the users to share and process the data while maintaining authenticity. It has great potential in today’s digital era where data security is such a major concern among consumers. Hopefully with the right implementation Blockchain will be able to make our already smart homes safe from breaches and hackers as well.