During the next decade (2014–2024), mobile robots and artificial intelligence make it likely that occupations employing about half of today’s US workers could be automated to some degree.*
The centuries’ long quest to develop machines and software with human-like intelligence inches closer to reality. Scientists develop intelligent machines that can simulate reasoning, develop knowledge, and allow computers to set and achieve goals, moving closer to mimicking the human thought process. These intelligent systems improve accuracy of predictions, accelerate problem solving and automate administrative tasks bringing in an era of automation.
Artificial intelligence in 2020:
- Cognitive analytics, where machines learn from experience and build associations, help develop technology systems that evolve hypothesis, draw conclusions and codify instincts and experience.
- Parallel information processing, aided through chips custom designed for AI applications, help parallel processing of vast amounts of data.
- Smarter gets redefined with the advances in sensor, cloud and machine learning technology, and pushes the boundary of smarter homes, cars, infrastructure and just about everything.
- Deep learning approaches allow processing of raw data including images, speech and natural language; thus providing deeper insights.
- Face-reading machines decipher micro facial expressions to build meaningful information on the emotional state of the user, improving human-computer interaction in areas of e-learning and e-therapy.
- Intelligent automation combines automation with artificial intelligence that allows knowledge workers, from physicians to investment analysts to plant supervisors, to process, understand and use ballooning volumes of information.
*”Your Job Taught to Machines Puts Half U.S. Work at Risk,” Bloomberg, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-12/your-job-taught-to-machines-puts-half-u-s-work-at-risk.html.