With artificial intelligence (AI) already changing the world by increasing productivity in the workplace, transforming how we perform our day-to-day tasks, we can expect the technology to gain more popularity in 2020. In recent years, we have seen robots, drones, appliances and other types of autonomous things perform tasks that would normally be performed by humans. But we may see autonomous things evolve from stand-alone to collaboration on a large scale, which may or may not involve human operation.
Vice President and Gartner Fellow David Cearley gives an example: “heterogeneous robots can operate in a coordinated assembly process. In the delivery market, the most effective solution may be to use an autonomous vehicle to move packages to the target area. Robots and drones aboard the vehicle could then affect final delivery of the package.”
Get ready to see even more of these types of technologies next year as they’re the eighth trend on Gartner’s list of Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2020. According to Gartner, “this technology operates on a spectrum of intelligence ranging from semiautonomous to fully autonomous and across a variety of environments including air, sea and land.”
What does this mean for your business? Well, before your employees get nervous, autonomous things aren’t looking to take their jobs. Gartner states that the human brain cannot be replaced by autonomous things. Moreover, autonomous things “operate most effectively with a narrowly defined, well-scoped purpose.”
According to Forbes, Cearley notes, “As autonomous things proliferate, we expect a shift from stand-alone intelligent things to a swarm of collaborative intelligent things where multiple devices will work together, either independently of people or with human input.” So, think about how autonomous things can enhance your business by working in partnership with your employees.
Gartner advises that when delving into use cases for autonomous things, to get familiar with where the thing will operate, as well as “the people, obstacles, terrain and other autonomous objects it will need to interact with.” Furthermore, think about your end goal, and identify the key technical capabilities that you will need.
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