How ready is your workplace for AI? The transformation is coming for industry and academia alike, and colleges can expect a new way of doing things because of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. AI isn’t the only thing that’s going to spur that process on, though: Blockchain will also play a major role. Healthcare, one of the biggest sources of data, is poised for AI transformation in the imaging field, and Intel and Microsoft are making sure that this can all be operated with natural language.
Artificial intelligence is kind of a big deal. It’s going to change how you, yes you reading this right now, do your job every day. Everyone from the C-suite down to the interns is going to engage with their work differently and, in the age of AI, much of it will be more human than ever. Soft skills, empathy, and leadership will all be of even greater importance. There are some things you just can’t automate.
Academia is constantly redefining itself. At one point, everything was just “philosophy.” Then there were seven liberal arts but some of them like “natural science” were pretty broad. Nowadays interdisciplinary studies are a thing, and AI is poised to create new categories, blend old ones, and better prepare students for the workforce. No word yet, though, on what kind of office hours AI TAs will keep.
Fourth installments are seldom good. No one would say that “Rocky IV,” “Superman IV,” or “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” are high points of their series. However, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is looking a lot better than “A Feast for Crows” or “Jaws: The Revenge.” Thanks to blockchain and AI, the next installment in the story of industry promises to be actually better than what came before.
Healthcare accounts for a huge percentage of total data in existence, and medical imaging accounts for a huge percentage of healthcare data. A gigantic segment of the total data produced by humanity is from X-rays and CT scans, and with good reason. Those pictures help us detect collapsed lungs, cancer, and other ailments, which is why Intel and GE have released a toolkit to help providers get insights faster.
Okay, let’s be real for a minute: Everyone kind of wants to talk to their computer like they’re in “Star Trek.” We all want to say, “Computer! On screen!” at least once. Fortunately, that’s one aspect of sci-fi technology that we’ve gotten pretty solidly down, with solutions like cognitive computing that allow for human-like interactions and natural language processing that will let you pretend you’re Captain Picard.