2019 Technology Update: The AI Influence

Michael R. Wood is a Business Process Improvement & IT Strategist Independent Consultant. He is creator of the business process-improvement methodology called HELIX and founder of The Natural Intelligence Group, a strategy, process improvement and technology consulting company. He is also a CPA, has served as an Adjunct Professor in Pepperdine's Management MBA program, an Associate Professor at California Lutheran University, and on the boards of numerous professional organizations. Mr. Wood is a sought after presenter of HELIX workshops and seminars in both the U.S. and Europe.

While researching the 2019 technology update, it became clear to me that the real story for technology in 2019 (and for the foreseeable future) is the integration of AI into virtually all technologies we hold near and dear.

So, instead of slogging through each of the hot technologies for 2019, I thought it better to dive into where AI’s tentacles are finding their way into technologies like:

  • The Internet of Things (IOT) & Bodies (IOB)
  • Big data & analytics
  • Conversational technologies
  • Virtual (VR) & augmented (AR) reality
  • Robotics
  • Cyber security
  • Mobile computing

In addition, I will explore what the convergence of these technologies might mean to us humans over the next five to 10 years.

A convergence scenario to ponder
As AI increases its footprint within the IOT and IOB space, more and more data will become available to mine and correlate. The volume of data being generated far exceeds traditional computing power and analytics available today. By introducing AI into the equation, organizations hope to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and reliability of all these devices.

There is also the promise that through AI, organizations will gain insight into how products can perform better, be re-engineered or even evolved into new generations of products, tools and systems. This becomes especially intriguing when we contemplate IOT…

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