Remember the term “ubiquitous” from the early 2000s? The term comes from a Latin word meaning “existing anywhere at any time”, and refers to an environment where networks can be accessed regardless of time or place. As of 2019, with smartphones now being universal, we are living in a truly ubiquitous world.
“Ambient computing” takes this concept one step further. An ambient computing environment is one where users engage in digital activity without even being aware of the devices they are using. While the devices available around a user are central to the ubiquitous world, in the world of ambient computing, user behavior, not specific devices, is most important. All of the recent technological trends - artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), the Smart Home, and autonomous driving vehicles - are developments on the way to ambient computing.
Connectivity-based ambient computing environments