This was my first trip to the vaunted SXSW festival in Austin and my first impression was, omg, there are a ton of people here! And everyone spends most of their day in some sort of line. A line for the taxi stand, a line for the sessions, a line for drinks, for food, well, you get the idea. As someone who doesn’t like lines, this was frustrating at first but then you kind of get used to it.
In developed nations, our collective understanding of the workplace has been redefined by waves of technological innovation.
The steam era advanced mechanical production and transport. The Industrial Revolution brought mass production and distribution of labor. Workplace efficiency bolted ahead during the mid-century’s computer age, before taking a qualitative leap in the past two and a half decades with the Internet age, which has forever changed the ways in which we connect, collaborate, and communicate.
Emerging technology is transforming the world economy and disrupting established business models. Speech, the Internet of Things, Augmented and Mixed Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are the primary emerging technologies responsible.
Machine learning has the potential to disrupt every aspect of business as we know it, yet the application of machine learning in the enterprise world is nascent. Here are some of the industries using this disruptive technology to stay ahead of trends.