The future is advanced 24/7 connectivity guided by powerful data-crunching algorithms. We have just entered the age of automation, AI and machine learning. Which data-rich industries will thrive in this time of digital transformation?
Internet Of Things Security
It will take years before we fully understand if the internet of things (IoT) has fulfilled our expectations because, at this very moment, we are still in the middle of this revolution.
We started with IoT, which quickly transitioned to the internet of everything (IoE), a state where everything is interconnected. Even though not everything has happened as estimated by IoT enthusiasts, over the last several years, billions of new devices have been connected to one vast network. The only difference is that the change happened not in our homes, but in businesses and manufacturing.
It is estimated that IoT security is posing a higher risk for users. There’s been a dramatic increase in IoT-related data breaches via unsecure IoT devices; since 2017, the number of breaches has grown from 15% to 21%. It seems that we should not only set better passwords, but also higher standards for IoT device creators.
Data science and AI will shape the next stages of IoT development. IoT generates massive amounts of data, and we need to ensure users can trust in the connectivity that is offered by these new devices. IoT security is a hugely promising area that will provide trustworthy, effective and cheap coverage for unified connectivity.
Network Service And Telecommunications
Telecommunications companies and network service providers are an active link between humans, their connected devices and the internet. This industry has access to exceptional amounts of data that is already used for personalizing the user experience and providing additional cybersecurity and privacy services.
Over the last 15 years, telecommunication companies have become similar to utility companies. You expect to receive clean, drinkable water from your water supply provider. You would also expect your network operator to provide a secure and private connection.
This shift can’t happen if the data generated by users isn’t anonymized, crunched and analyzed by AI algorithms to ensure that malicious connections are blocked before they can do any harm to the end user.
There is no doubt that we will soon see a huge shift in the way we work. Not only the tools, but also entire industries will radically transform. Today, we change our place of work. Twenty years from now, we will have to be ready to change our whole profession.
I do not believe that this means it’s going to be hard to utilize your knowledge and experience at work. It’s just that the future of work has an emphasis on constant learning, and AI will be there to help you, both as a teacher and as a tool.
Automation will also empower professionals to focus on bringing more value instead of focusing on manual jobs. This is already seen in manufacturing: Instead of heavy lifting, humans focus on managing AI-driven systems that power robotic forklifts. Data will change every field out there, including the creative and social fields. We already have music created by AI. Complex esports games are won by AI. Virtual influencers sometimes have far better careers than your typical internet star.
Imagine that you are a sports journalist. A lot of the articles you write focus on reporting the hard facts and explaining what happened during the game. With the help of automation, you will be able to switch your focus to moderating discussions or exploring new mediums for creating content instead of trying to find a creative way to describe a game.
Humans excel at adaptation, and we will manage to adapt and thrive in this new world. AI is going to be a great tool that will help to enhance our human creativity and productivity.