10 Artificial Intelligence Technologies That Will Dominate In 2019
The implications of recent advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) have spurred heated debate globally. As science fiction starts to become reality, AI products are slowly infiltrating homes and workplaces. This is raising concerns about the potential detrimental effects of AI on the job market, or even about the dangers of an AI singularity, where sentient robots take over the world and destroy humans.
While these are all valid discussions, I believe that the focus of AI should not be just on cool home gadgets or on process optimisation and automation. Instead, AI can be used to fundamentally rethink how we solve the world’s problems.
Let’s have a look at ten A.I. technologies to watch out in 2019.
Natural Language Generation
Natural language generation is an AI sub-discipline that converts data into text, enabling computers to communicate ideas with perfect accuracy.
It is used in customer service to generate detailed reports and market summaries and is offered by various companies like Attivio, Automated Insights, Cambridge Semantics, Digital Reasoning or Lucidworks.
Alexa is just one of the systems that can understand you. Every day, more and more systems are created that can transcribe human language, reaching hundreds of thousands through voice-response interactive systems and mobile apps.
A Virtual Agent is an computer generated, animated, artificial intelligence virtual character (usually with anthropomorphic appearance) that serves as an online customer service representative. It leads a intelligent conversation with users, responds to their questions and performs adequate non-verbal behavior.
The Rise Of The Blockchain
Digital skills have never been more in-demand, with the best developers commanding enviable six-figure salaries. Now though, according to data from LinkedIn, one sector in particular has come into bloom: blockchain.
The number of postings seeking out blockchain experts has tripled in the past year, with last week seeing more than 1,000 blockchain-related job adverts go out. That’s a rise of more than 40% each quarter.
It’s hardly surprising then, that a quarter of the 10,000 people to list blockchain as a skill on LinkedIn already work in the financial services sector.
Developers with blockchain skills have become the hottest commodity
Freelance employment website Upwork released its latest quarterly index of the 20 hottest job skills, which shows that job postings for workers with blockchain skills have grown exponentially this year. In its last quarterly report, blockchain technologists were in second place behind those with skills in robotics.
“Blockchain appears to be the next uncharted, highly talked about technology similar to what the ‘cloud’ was back in the mid-2000’s,” the Upwork report says. Its growth exceeded 2,000% for three quarters in a row on Upwork.com, and in Q1 it experienced more than 6,000% year-over-year growth, making it the fastest-growing skill out of more than 5,000 skills on the site.