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Recently, the "Gartner Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends" for the year 2020 were released. The first section already contains an exciting thought. It's about "human augmentation" - a topic with many facets. This topic will have a big impact on us over the next 5 to 10 years, according to Gartner. I also like the general distinction between the trends in "people-centric smart spaces" (i. e. customers, employees) and places that they live in (i. e. home, office, car).

Have fun reading about the trends. Here are some thoughts I had while reading (please share your thoughts).

Trend No. 3 "Democratization": This term means the easy accessibility of technological and economic knowledge. That reminded me of my recent experience with ML. Fortunately, access to this complex topic was easy, thanks to SAP Leonardo Machine Learning Foundation. I can use services without having understood the details behind the technology. This has advantages and disadvantages. Honestly, I don't know all the details of the computer of my car and drive with it every day 😉

Trend No. 8 "Autonomous things": The last sentence on this trend is remarkable: "However, autonomous things cannot replace the human brain and operate most effectively with a narrowly defined, well-scoped purpose." That sounds really good. Do one thing right. On the other hand, there are perhaps 10,000 other autonomous things and they try to do their job right and sadly they disturb each other 🙂

Trend No. 10 "AI security": The use of artificial intelligence (AI) also creates new "security vulnerabilities". Three key perspectives are mentioned here:

  1. Protecting AI-powered systems

  2. Leveraging AI to enhance security defense

  3. Anticipating nefarious use of AI by attackers

Even if I can only imagine something under no. 1, it all makes sense at first glance. A medical diagnose based on AI should be as safe as possible. Therefore, the systems, connections, training data and everything else on which AI is built, should be as safe as possible.


Best regards and thanks for reading

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