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Where is AI Going in the 2020s?

Artificial intelligence or AI has been a buzzword in the last 10 years. So, let’s see what we are going to have in the 2020s besides our personal Jarvis.

Artificial Intelligence or AI has literally taken our world by storm. From the famous Tinman in The Wizard of Oz to Jarvis in the Marvel movies, people have always been fascinated by machines and their ability to make our lives easier.

Just like many other technological advancements, Artificial Intelligence was born because Alan Turing asked a simple question – can a machine imitate human intelligence? Today, that question has transformed into a 169.41 billion dollar industry. And folks, this is just the beginning!

There’s virtually no major industry that digital transformation and modern AI hasn’t already affected, especially in the last decade. Thanks to a robust IoT connectivity and speedy computer processors, there has been a significant increase in the amount of data collected and analyzed every single day. It’s safe to say that AI is truly, everywhere.

For instance, consider an extremely simple thing that you do – online shopping. Have you ever wondered how an e-commerce application is able to display “items that you may like” every time you open the app? Well, that’s Artificial Intelligence for you. AI monitors user behavior on an e-commerce platform – things like items that you’ve viewed in the past, clothing pieces that you’ve bought, how much time you spent admiring that cool denim jacket, and stores all that information in a data record. So the next time you’re shown “items that you may like”, you’re probably going to spot that denim jacket in there!

E-commerce isn’t the only industry AI is revolutionizing. Transport, manufacturing, healthcare, education, media, customer service – the possibilities are endless.

And that’s just some of them! With companies spending nearly $20 billion collective dollars on AI products and services annually, big things in the field of Artificial Intelligence are bound to happen! Some of these developments may be significantly disruptive, and some may just be unexecuted theories. For better or for worse, there’s no downturn in sight.

Keeping diplomacy aside, yes, AI will certainly displace some jobs. However, this isn’t a new occurrence. For instance, a very small percentage of the population today goes to a travel agent to book their flight tickets, making their job pretty much redundant. Similarly, the title “mobile app developer” was invented not more than a decade or two ago. At the end of the day, all that matters is efficiency. And that’s what AI is here to do.

In fact, Yuval Noah Harari, in his book “21 Lessons For The 21st Century” talks about how AI will create new jobs that never existed beforeFeature Articles, just to maintain the Artificial Intelligence technology.

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