The world around us is becoming increasingly automated, with many of us leaning on digital assistants such as Cortana, Echo and Siri to run our lives. Before too long it is highly likely that our cars will be driverless, fridges will restock automatically and our homes will heat themselves. Recently, Westworld - the sci-fi thriller about a technologically advanced, Western-themed amusement park populated by androids that malfunction and begin killing the human visitors - became the biggest watched show of all time on Sky Atlantic. Could this fiction be closer to reality than many of us would care to admit? Our recent study asked this question, and for almost two-thirds of respondents, the answer is yes.
Everyone is talking about artificial intelligence (AI) right now- with many predicting that AI will lead the next wave of economic growth and productivity for the next couple of decades at least. AI refers to the use of data to simulate human intelligence processes including learning, reasoning and self-correction by machines. AI is making its way into almost every industry. With IDC predicting that worldwide spending on AI will be nearly $98 Billion in 2023, the implications of this technology are massive. And this has not been ignored by Wall Street.
Every second consumer in the world now uses an Internet of Things ( IoT) device one way or another, and out of those – two thirds (64 per cent) are encountering performance issues. This is according to a new report by Dynatrace, which argues that companies deploying IoT solutions need to focus on two things: 1) the escalating complexity of IoT solutions; and 2) building well-planned IoT monitoring and performance strategies. The report, based on a poll of 10,000 consumers, says they experience 1.5 digital performance problems daily, and 62 per cent of people believe the amount of these troubles will increase, as IoT adoption increases, as well.
Two decades ago, Google was an Internet search engine company. Today, the Mountain View-based firm is one of the tech industry's biggest leaders with initiatives ranging from operating systems, apps, cloud services, and communications solutions to self-driving vehicles, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, wearables, and smartphones. To say that Google has diversified its portfolio would be a huge understatement. Furthermore, that strategy is seemingly paying off. The Alphabet-owned company currently has the second most valuable brand in the world and is a leading innovator in most branches of the tech industry.