Predictions: 5 Areas Of AI And/Or Machine Learning To Watch Closely


Artificial intelligence is appearing in a growing range of products, industries and services, so that even the most traditional markets will be impacted, and any growing company can use AI to help boost their performance. Here are some of the cutting edge areas where AI could make a massive impact and will spill over into other industries.

AI In The Data Centre Or Office

Machines watching other machines is a common thread in the 21st century. The Internet of Things could soon see every piece of technology linked together. For now though AI is being used by many IT companies to improve performance.

The likes of Cisco’s “Network Intuitive,” Juniper’s Self-Driving Networks are all examples of AI-driven or machines learning networks that use predictive analytics to build autonomous networks that self-configure, monitor, manage and correct errors with minimal user intervention.

Startups like Apstra allow growing companies to design and build data centers faster, with none of the issues off previous generations, reducing costs and improving speed and reliability with only a dashboard or two for humans to worry about. Today it is data centers, but similar tools can also help build virtual ones out of cloud components with all the manual hassle removed.

For any company moving to the digital economy or digital business model, there are plenty of services to provide low-cost AI solutions that can deliver solutions like Robotic Process Automation (RPA). These configure virtual robots to take care of simple, but increasingly sophisticated tasks, like recognising text from document scans, moving data between formats and so on. AI will allow RPAs to be linked or upgraded on the fly to work more efficiently boosting the efficiency of many operations. WorkFusion provides smart process automation for many businesses.

AI In Medicine

The virtual doctor or specialist is already present across a growing number of hospitals. They help diagnose batches of test scans, performing surgeries and helping free up actual doctors for acute cases. Google’s AI is being used in tests to spot heart disease by looking at retinal pictures.

That’s just the start of a dramatic change in healthcare as robots take over more jobs, from carting patients or laundry around to conducting actual operations. Meanwhile, AI will scan big data sets to monitor health trends and patterns, linking disease outbreaks to sources using smart analytics faster than human investigators could.

With so much healthcare science in the research phase, AI can also help speed up testing, prototyping and development of new drugs and trials to improve the changes of new drugs hitting the market.

AI In Language & Travel

Travel and tourism don’t seem markets ripe for disruption from AI. But the holiday experience is already being improved by smart services like Samsung’s Bixby that can translate images of foreign language text on the fly.

Hotels and airlines are using AI chatbots to improve customer service, while AI backends can plan future airline seating layouts, hotel designs and will also allow the huge numbers of ticket services to predict future prices, creating new markets for advanced bookings at the most effective costs.

As well as cut costs across the package holiday industry, AI can help improve upmarket holidays, suggesting arranging personalised experiences that well-heeled travellers would enjoy, selecting the finest complementary foods and wines based on local or global availability and arranging delivery, while superyacht owners will soon use AI and augmented reality technologies to help navigate the likes of Monaco or Hong Kong harbors,

AI In The Media

AI already writes some news stories like sports reports and financial updates. However, increasingly AI will choose the news we see and the stories we don’t. Imagine an engine that more accurately strips out false news from social media feeds. They exist, but are some way off working at high efficiency.

As well as text news stories, AI virtual news presenters will come with none of the baggage of current news anchors. They will be fine-tuned to appeal to you as an individual or to present a story to a demographic in the most favorable light. AI could become so clever, that Black Mirror-style tales could easily be in our future, as media manipulation becomes rampant.

For any business, an AI that can write the perfect press release, or monitor the world to ensure you get fair coverage could also be a useful tool.

AI In The Farming World

Farmers might seem a strange category to include in a cutting edge piece, but we already see AI drones monitoring crops, pilotless tractors and automated smart irrigation helping to improve crop yields. Smart facial recognition can now monitor herds of animals to identify individuals, and link to health tracking could detect problems in animals.

Many of these technologies will start out in one particular market, but many will be applicable to others, and the spread of AI will happen fast as businesses see the benefits and implications.

Chris Knight

Chris writes about augmented and virtual reality, chatbots, games and anywhere the miracle of technology will take us next.