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Is AI liberating or debilitating?

All of a sudden, it seems, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is everywhere. I don’t mean everywhere as in its use and application (although it’s getting there), but everywhere in the press.

AI is exciting, liberating and innovative – AI is concerning, disruptive and debilitating; it all depends on your point of view.

When the greatest minds of our time – I’m talking about Stephen Hawking in particular here – have doubts about the impact AI will have, we should all sit back and take stock. “The ethical dilemma of bestowing moral responsibilities on robots calls for rigorous safety and preventative measures that are fail-safe, or the threats are too significant to risk,” he (and others) said in an open letter quoted on the Mission Critical Systems Forum at http://bit.ly/1PiWLwM.

The latest debates from the Mission Critical Systems Forum?

I was reading an article recently that explained how crisis management is a key part of a CIO’s remit.

“CIOs have to deal with crises on an almost daily basis, which are often unexpected and can have huge consequences in terms of business operations.” It said (http://bit.ly/2e96Wc2).

I don’t doubt it, but it started me thinking…. What are the big issues that form part of an IT crisis? In fact, what are the big issues that dominate the average working day for the IT teams? If the debates on the Mission Critical Systems Forum are a barometer, it’s wide-ranging. Here’s an example of recent additions.

Are you ready for robots at work?

Are you ready for robots at work? 

I came across an interesting word on the Mission Critical Systems Forum recently: CoBot (Collaborative Robots).

It was in a thread from Roger Attick, who regularly posts on issues relating to the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence. “CoBots work with humans, and they are a huge innovation and growth driver for the robotics industry. The CoBot sector, according to multiple pay-for research reports, is expected to increase roughly tenfold, exceeding $1B, between 2015 and 2020,” he says at http://bit.ly/2bbry5e.

The forecast is dense cloud cover

An increasing volume of IT spend is going on cloud-related projects.

Gartner said $111 billion worth of IT spending will shift to cloud this year, and that number will almost double to $216 billion by 2020 (http://for.tn/29XhND1).

As Juan Casal says on his blog, highlighted on the Mission Critical Systems Forum at http://bit.ly/2aVncdq: “Cloud is fast. Cloud is everywhere. Cloud is flexible; versatile; elastic. Cloud is the future.”

Let’s face it, when it comes to the cloud, ‘disruptive’ hardly does it justice. Businesses of all sizes and all sectors are subcontracting owning, running and maintaining data management to third parties. Cloud is increasingly used to house our enterprise applications and section heads are busily by-passing IT departments to make their own technology procurement decisions.

What’s your view on staff using their own devices on corporate networks?

Walk down the street these days and chances are many – most even – of those you pass will be checking their mobile phone.

Smartphones, tablets and interconnected devices of all hues are never far away as we become increasingly driven by social media and the need for constant communication.

So I was surprised when I can across a piece on CIO recently (http://bit.ly/1Qb1Viy ) that stated mobility is in its infancy.

Infancy? The first mobile call was in 1973 – 43 years ago!