Past years have seen an overwhelming evolution in both the kinds of artificial intelligence (AI) being developed and the initiatives artificial intelligence was tasked with. There are AI being used specifically to estimate changes in the market and perform algorithmic trading, AI being used to assist in disease detection and prevention, AI being used to efficiently detect and eliminate cyber security threats, and AI being used by researchers over an overwhelming array of fields to assist in their data collection, interpretation, and final conclusions. AI is changing the world, and 2019 is going to be a huge pivot point for a lot of technologies leveraging AI. Below are some trends to watch out for in 2019.
Artificial Intelligence Goes Mainstream
Whether anyone is ready for it or not: 2019 will be the year artificial intelligence becomes a mainstream tool in computing, business, and beyond. Gone will be the days of artificial intelligence serving as a gated community that only the elite know about and can develop. This year, due to several advances in technology, artificial intelligence will become a tool for anyone who wants it. This kind of mainstream attention and exposure is going to open up an incredible wealth of deep learning projects and new pseudo-automated jobs, but it should also help with efficacy and increased output for businesses and researchers alike.
Siri, Alexa, and Other New Friends
It’s probably no surprise that with the rise of AI in the mainstream, businesses are looking to employ as many “smart helpers” as possible. So far, this has manifested most notably in the rise of voice search and smart speakers. Instead of having to take out one’s smartphone or computer to solve life’s mysteries, now it’s possible to merely say, “Alexa, how long does it take for strawberries to grow?” A kind, knowledgeable voice will promptly respond, “Strawberries mature fully within 4 to 6 weeks.” As AI continues pervading everyday life, even more smart devices and smart voice-control options are being created and made available for consumers. Items such as: thermostats, remote controls, kitchen appliances, and even shower heads.
AI We can Trust
Even just the term, “artificial intelligence” is met with skepticism when uttered among those not familiar with its modern-day applications. However, AI is no longer a wish for the future. It’s here, and it’s pervading everyday life for billions all over the world. It isn’t until recently, however, that the discussion around ethics and AI began in a more public forum. As more and more consumers learn about the capabilities of AI to collect thousands of data points about them, they grow increasingly (and understandingly) concerned about who is keeping that data, what they’re doing with it, and what they should be worried about.
In Late 2018, 52 experts were appointed to the European High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI HLEG) with the intention of constructing ethical rules and guidelines for “trustworthy AI.” According to HLEG, the main two components of AI being trustworthy are:
- Its development, deployment and use should comply with fundamental rights and applicable regulation as well as respecting core principles and values, ensuring “ethical purpose.”
- It should be technically robust and reliable.
With the birth of HLEG and other artificial intelligence ethics committees, AI is sure to see some improvements and protections for consumers and businesses alike.
Open Source Artificial Intelligence
Many businesses and researchers choose to make their findings and applications of new technology open source (available to the public free of cost) so that they’re able to not only contribute to the growing understanding of said technology, but also to leverage the findings and applications of others. 2019 is likely to be the year that artificial intelligence applications become open source. With automated machine learning and AI chipsets on the verge of becoming mainstream to the public, it only makes sense to combine the efforts of everyone working on these initiatives so that the best possible end product is made available to everyone. Due to this, and other factors discussed, 2019 will be a huge turning point for artificial intelligence in business.
AI In Business in 2019
Among everything discussed, it should be most evident that the biggest trend in 2019 is going to be the evolution of how business is able to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning to impact their internal decisions, but also to make a happier customer experience and increase customer engagement.
Microsoft is conducting a wealth of research for how and why AI can be used effectively by businesses and have crafted the Guidelines for Human-AI interaction. The first guideline discussed in this list is that a consumer-based AI product should:
The publishing of this guideline, and the other 17 listed in their report, should help guide the new era of AI in business.
Staying Ahead of the Trends
If there’s any concern around falling behind as AI begins to become more and more integrated into society, try not to fret. No one person knows everything being developed, and even the most seasoned experts are occasionally surprised by new technologies being created. Artificial intelligence is going to emerge as a powerhouse of industry and research in 2019, this is a great year to bolster awareness and start investigating what AI can do for you.