Hey Alexa, will 2017 be a good year?

Mr Trump and Olympics were hot on Google. Fake news or “post-truth” was trending on Facebook. And augmented reality got a big boost, thanks to Pokemon Go. These were some key digital trends last year. What can we expect as we usher in 2017? COMING TO YOUR HOME: AI 2017 will be the year when artificial intelligence (AI) transcends the realm of science fiction and enters the homes of mere mortals, say pundits. AI-powered smart devices, which have become more affordable, are already making their presence felt. Popular devices include Amazon’s Echo, a voice-activated smart speaker powered by Alexa, who speaks like an efficient but no-nonsense secretary. There is also the newly launched Google Home, powered by the Google Assistant. There is even a China-made version – DingDong – which…


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