Why Cognitive Intelligence Will Play Pivotal Role in Tech 2016

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2015-12-17 Print this article Print

From Abdul Razack, senior vice president and head of Big Data and Analytics, at Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology and IT services:
--Artificial, or cognitive, intelligence will transform the workplace by applying automation to big data to replace manual, repetitive tasks. Next year automation will leap from the enterprise to the consumer, making the objects around us not just connected, but smarter every day.
Artificial intelligence will define the future of work: In 2016, the pace at which enterprises more widely adopt artificial intelligence to replace manual, repetitive tasks will rapidly increase. We're already seeing enormous investments from companies such as Toyota to use AI for more precise decision making, and we'll only see more companies taking this approach to foster higher productivity and business profits, and also streamline responsibility for high-skill jobs. We'll also start to see the effects of AI in the way we work, with a shift from problem solving (as one of the most coveted skills in organizations) to problem finding becoming the way to rise within an organization and drive innovation.
--Automation will deliver on the promise of big data: Time and again, we're seeing big data initiatives fail because of how companies are organizing their data. But in order to capitalize on big data investments, companies need to transform insights into actions. We're already seeing big data automation being used to streamline and eliminate processes, but in 2016, it will be more widely used to accentuate the unique human ability to take complex problems and deliver creative solutions to them. Google open sourcing its AI engine TensorFlow is a big step in this direction, enabling more companies to apply automation to their big data.

--Machine learning will invisibly transform our lives: 2016 is the year machine learning will make the leap from the workplace to the consumer. We're already seeing it happen with self-driving cars from Tesla and Amazon Echo's voice commands. Next year, machine learning will quietly find its way into the household, making the objects around us not just connected, but smarter every day.


Chris Preimesberger

Chris Preimesberger is Editor of Features & Analysis at eWEEK. Twitter: @editingwhiz
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