The responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on societies and economies around the globe can't be downplayed. Despite the fact that researchers have cautioned of quick-spreading ailments, most governments were underprepared and organizations of all sizes are asking workers to work from home or are confronting shutdowns (and at times, spiking demand). The epic coronavirus has expanded enthusiasm for robots, drones, and artificial intelligence, even as some testing of autonomous vehicles delays on open streets. These advances can help manage enormous staffing deficiencies in healthcare, manufacturing, and supply chains; the requirement for "social distancing;" and analysis and treatment. We don't yet have the foggiest idea about the long-term effects, yet there are more instances of how robotics is addressing the challenges presented by the pandemic.
The pace of technology is changing over the years, as remarked in the 20th edition of Accenture's Tech Vision 2020. Released earlier this year, this report is based on two decades of study, supported by tech trends and their evolution over time. To keep with the competition, it is imperative that enterprises need to embrace technologies concerning their existing investment portfolios. The report says that artificial intelligence and robotics will be among the key technology trends redefining business parlance over the next three years. The need of the hour for enterprises is to answer the call to rebuild business and technology models from the ground up, keeping in tandem stakeholders' expectations a priority.
If you really want to see the health of your business, watch what happens when a market shuts down. From cancelled conferences to disrupted supply chains, not a corner of the global economy is immune to the spread of COVID-19. What did you wish you knew? What should you have been tracking? If you knew these things, could you have prepared differently?
Machine learning, task automation and robotics are already widely used in business. These and other AI technologies are about to multiply, and we look at how organizations can best take advantage of them. COVID-19 disruption has left enterprises with no choice but to reassess digital transformation investments and roadmaps. While less important projects are delayed, transformation projects involving AI and automation are receiving a lot of attention right now. In just the last 60 days, the adoption of varying levels of AI technologies across the enterprise surged with an incredible sense of urgency.
From food delivery and disinfecting offices to retail services and surgeries, robots are increasingly sharing our workplaces. How are enterprises adapting to the explosive growth in robotics and robotic systems? ZDNet and TechRepublic published a PDF ebook: Robotics in the enterprise to find out. In "Robotics in business: Everything humans need to know," ZDNet contributor Greg Nichols provides an executive guide to the technology and market drivers behind the $135 billion robotics market. ZDNet's Daphne Leprince-Ringuet investigates what work will look like as robots start mingling with humans in their workplaces in her feature, "The robots are coming, and this is how they will change the future of work."