2019 Artificial Intelligence Trends
The trends in AI for the new year relate to new applications, advances to tech, and bigger impacts on business.
Innovations. The most exciting trends for 2019 are the innovations, startling new ways for AI to be applied. Microsoft has capitalized on the excitement with ads showcasing AI’s predictive capability for rebuilding lost artifacts of the ancient world or enhancing agricultural capability to “feed the world.” We’ll continue to see 2019 discover applications of AI that advance civilization, foster scientific breakthroughs, and alter our way of life.
Strategy. Businesses have been paying attention to the advent of AI as it enters the bigger corporations across all sectors from manufacturing to engineering. AI is on course to shape the future, and we’ll see the business world respond this year by including AI in their long-range planning. Strategies to harness AI will be trending as companies look for ways to include and adopt AI if they haven’t done so already or continue to implement AI further.
Advances. Also on trend this year is the release of more advanced tech to support AI. This year, we can expect to see Intel, AMD, and other chip manufactures produce specialized chips that boost CPU speed to handle AI applications.
Augmentation. Companies that moved quickly to use AI to assist with data are heading to the next level to augment human analyses. Upcoming for the year, companies will work harder to couple machine learning with human intelligence to derive more from data and information management systems.
Trust. The issue of Trust is an emerging trend for AI in 2019. As more AI predictions influence human behavior or decision-making, there is more concern in the trustworthiness of the process. Businesses want to know that the outcomes and decisions are justified. Therefore, this year, programmers will be tasked with creating transparency about the logic and algorithms used by their AI applications, and companies will be tapped to address concerns about AI and to justify using outcomes or decision determined by AI.
The Road Ahead
As we progress into the year, we’ll see these trends coalesce as implementation begets tech and more innovations, all which dovetail with rising levels of augmentation and questions about trustworthiness. The year is poised to reveal amazing new capabilities and generate insights that jump-start our capability to perform leaps and bounds ahead. However, tempered against the excitement is the logistics of adopting AI into current systems or the switching costs of scrapping aged, incompatible ones, as well as adapting as a society to accepting analyses derived from machines.
In 2019, expect to see two roads diverge and parallel each other as manufacturers and businesses manage the tension between keeping up with AI technology and implementation.