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Will robots eventually take over the world? It’s a question that has been confined to the best science-fiction novels and films for the past few decades, but the steadily increasing rate of technological change is making it more of a real concern.

And where there is conversation to be had, you should look no further than Twitter. From the latest Machine Learning capabilities to the broader spectrum of cloud computing and the digital workplace, the Twitter-sphere has been rife with current advancements and future expectations when it comes to artificial intelligence (AI) this month. Here’s the best of the lot.

Think we missed an important story? Let us know in the comments below! 

 @janakiramm explores different ways that #MachineLearning has influenced the modern #Cloud

The cloud is undergoing wide scale transformation in order to deal with the growing number of applications built upon it. And it is Machine Learning in particular—a branch of artificial intelligence that provides computers with the ability to learn with explicit programming—that is becoming a focal point of the contemporary cloud. This article from Forbes explores five cloud services that are currently the most influenced by machine learning:

  • Cognitive Computing
  • Bots as a Service
  • Internet of Things
  • Personal Assistants
  • Business Intelligence

Adoption of Machine Learning technologies can help businesses deliver data-driven results and processes with increasingly less manual user input, freeing up employees to focus on more cognitive tasks. Read the full article to find out more.

 How companies are already using #AI? via @SatyaRamaswamy

The future, of course, looks increasingly exciting in terms of artificial intelligence. But that excitement also comes with some concerns. One of the biggest being the possibility that AI will progressively take more jobs away from real people. A 2017 McKinsey study estimated AI-driven job losses to be currently sitting at 5%.

Yet independent research, as detailed in this article from Harvard Business Review, has found that these fears may be overblown. Surveyed companies from across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin American were found to be using AI more commonly in computer-to-computer activities and much less to automate human activities.

Read the full article to check out more of the findings and see just how realistic an automated machine takeover is in the coming years.

 #Cloud isn't a location - it is a more agile way to design IT services via @cincystorage

“The true definition of cloud computing is still lost on some IT pros”, says Mark May in this article from Tech Target. It’s true that the phrase ‘cloud computing’ has become one of the biggest enterprise buzzwords in recent years, and perhaps due to its increased usage, the meaning of the phrase has become blurred.

Your average user may picture the cloud as a place to store documents, pictures and file backups—whether it’s the iCloud, Dropbox or other consumer-centric services. While this thinking isn’t entirely false, cloud computing takes on a different meaning for IT professionals. For them, cloud computing is something that has evolved from a place to store and access documents into a new way of thinking about IT services.

The cloud, fundamentally, is not a physical place, but rather a way of managing IT resources and a platform for the rethinking and redesigning of IT services. It is a description of how IT happens, not where IT happens. Find out more by reading the full article.

 @YaacovC discusses how to help workers focus on the important topics they care about #DigitalWorkplace

Our brains are complex organs. So complex, in fact, that much of the way they work is still unknown. But what we do know about the brain’s inner workings is constantly helping us change and improve the way we work. In this CIO Dive post, CEO Yaacov Cohen looks at how our brains are wired; how we make associations and how technology can amplify those associations.

“Our brains are natural organizers. They are wired to put everything in order and connects related topics by associations. The brain creates connections and relationships between everything so we can make sense of what we see, hear, touch, taste and smell.”

Technology and artificial intelligence are making strides to try and mirror this associative method in the ways we work. Read the full article to see what progress is being made.

 “The rate of change is accelerating and people are highly challenged.” @SwissRe & @Teamharmonie via @Forbes

Digital Transformation is another hot topic in the business world, and it is constantly surprising to see the variety of different ways companies are managing to innovate and digitally transform. Swiss Re are one such company; a Zurich-based reinsurance company founded in 1863 that needed to adapt to the modern business environment.

In this article, Jason Bloomberg of Forbes interviewed Rainer Baumann, Information and Managing Director at Swiss Re, to understand and appreciate the level of transformation that was going on at the company. “tools to analyze risk portfolios, circumstantial risks and access claims” are among some of the technologies the insurance company are implementing.

Read the full article to find out more. 


David Lavenda
Chief Product Officer