If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
What do IT leaders believe the future of the profession will be, and what kind of threats will be most pervasive down the line? Dallas, TX-based cloud security firm Trend Micro recently carried out new research which reveals that over two-fifths (41%) of IT leaders believe that AI will replace their role by 2030. Its predictions report, Turning the Tide, forecasts that remote and cloud-based systems will be ruthlessly targeted in 2021. The research was compiled from interviews with 500 IT directors and managers, CIOs and CTOs and does not look good for their career prospects. Only 9% of respondents were confident that AI would definitely not replace their job within the next decade.
About a year ago, I decided I was tired of all the different smart home devices and hubs in my house. Managing all the apps and platforms had become somewhat of a nightmare, especially if I wanted to give control of a device to my wife. I planned to take a few weeks and then pick a platform and stick with it. Then 2020 happened, and figuring out how to automate my lights or streamline viewing camera feeds just wasn't a priority. Toward the end of the year, however, I decided it was time to begin my smart home conversion.
As 2020 is slowly drawing to a close, it is time to discuss future trends in (industrial) automation that are likely to have a significant impact in 2021. Based on the current facts, conclusions can be drawn that artificial intelligence and automation will bring steady innovation for companies of all sizes and from all sectors. During 2020, automation technologies have experienced a substantial boom especially due to the covid19 pandemic. Industrial and manufacturing operations have been massively evolved with the integration of machine learning and robotics. In fact, companies and industries are no longer fully dependent on a human workforce for simple, complex, manual, and repetitive tasks.
It would be difficult to overestimate the impact COVID-19 appears to be having on the automation sector. No where will the change be more apparent than in healthcare, where a major transition to automation has long been in the offing. What would have been a slower easing in has, in light of overstressed capacity in some areas of healthcare (and an eerie diminishment of demand in others), as well as a complete reorientation of consumer expectations in the pandemic era, set the stage for a jarring transformation. Healthline cuts through the confusion with straightforward, expert-reviewed, person-first experiences -- all designed to help you make the best decisions. Major hospitals have deployed specialized robot nurses with remote patient monitoring tech so that doctors can keep an eye on people from afar.
Waymo, a unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc., is saying good-bye to'self-driving'--not the technology, just the term. In a blog post Wednesday, the company announced it would now be using the phrase'autonomous driving' to avoid confusion that could lead a driver to take their hands off the wheel at a dangerous moment. 'It may seem like a small change, but it's an important one,' the company said in a blog post, 'because precision in language matters and could save lives.' But industry insiders believe the change is a jab at Elon Musk's Tesla, which began touting its'full self-driving' (FSD) option last fall - but is only capable of assisting drivers. Waymo announced it will no longer use the term'self-driving' in favor of'autonomous driving,' to avoid confusion.
While many trends are both influencing and restraining enterprise technology adoption, they can all be broadly categorized under three pillars: Infrastructure, Architecture, and Technology. Let's explore what these trends are and how they influence DevOps and DevSecOps adoption in tech corporations worldwide. In computing, architecture is a collection of protocols encompassing the utility, structure, and execution of software applications. Architecture outlines the working of an application and determines the function of each aspect, such as data storage and computing capability, among others. Trends in architecture bring about changes in how technology is manifested and radically modify the work cycle for organizations developing software, making it an influential field over DevOps.
This year saw automation become a mainstream tech trend, with the COVID pandemic causing nation-wide shutdowns. As employees were isolated in their houses, IT companies switched to the work from home model. However, the same could not be replicated in the manufacturing and other secondary industries. This is why, business leaders had to adopt automation practices to sustain their businesses and enable smoother operation of organizational practices (including IT). This trend will not end here.
In recent years, the quantity of digital text data has grown exponentially and continues to grow at 55-65% each year (IDC). From social media posts to customer transactions, online communities, surveys, reviews, chats, emails, and more, businesses across industries face the challenge of monitoring various sources and extracting the most relevant data. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) help businesses sort through unstructured data more accurately. However, implementing traditional AI and ML require additional manpower and subject matter expertise and can be time consuming and costly. With the advent of new technologies and growth in data, businesses that can extract information and create actionable insights quickly and at scale will have the most leverage in a competitive landscape.
The scale of the challenge that automation poses to the jobs market needs to be met with much stronger action to up-skill the workforce, finds a new report published by a committee in the UK Parliament. The House of Lords' select committee on artificial intelligence raised concerns at the "inertia" that is slowing down the country when it comes to digital skills, and urged the government to take steps to make sure that people have the opportunity to re-skill and re-train, to be able to adapt to the changing labor market that AI is bringing about. Citing research carried out by Microsoft, the committee stressed that only 17% of UK employees say that they have been part of re-skilling efforts, which sits well below the global average of 38%. Microsoft also recently reported that almost 70% of business leaders in the UK believe that their organization currently has a digital skills gap, and that two-thirds of employees feel that they do not have the appropriate digital skills to fulfil new and emerging roles in their industry. Even basic digital skills are lacking: a recent Lloyds Bank survey found that 19% of individuals in the UK couldn't complete tasks such as using a web browser.
In 2020, businesses had to be digital or die. Digital transformation drove technology projects, remote work and education became the norm due to the COVID-19 pandemic and building block technologies such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning accelerated. Bret Taylor, president and chief operating officer of Salesforce, summed the current state of business clearly: "Your business is digital or you don't have a business." While 2021 holds promise for business technology there will be multiple unknowns ahead. We don't have all the answers, but certainly have a few working theories to test via our editorial leaders around the world.