The words “artificial intelligence” often conjure up a sense of fear and apprehension. Fear for the unknown possibilities of AI, fear for the AI-fueled dystopian images brought about by movies like The Terminator, and most practically, fear for the possibility that AI will someday take our jobs. This fear is neither new nor totally unfounded. As with any disruptive technological invention, faster, more efficient machines are bound to replace human workers. However, those who fear AI will take their jobs can rest a little easier knowing they will at least have the potential to find a new job.
Big data is on the fast track right now. The rapid ongoing developments are not showing any signs of slowing down in 2015, as seen by the following trends for the coming year:
Michael Cavaretta, Ford data science leader
At Ford Motor Company “big data” means many things, which has ones and zeros piling up everywhere it looks. There’s data coming off the cars, data generated by the machinations of a Fortune 500 company and even the data customers are generating out in the real world about how they view the company. Michael Cavaretta, the Ford data science leader, is one of they guys charged with helping the company sort all this data out.
Users with strong social networking ties found new jobs at a rate of 33.2 percent.
It appears that being active on Facebook can get you that new job. According to a new study by Facebook data scientists, job-seekers with a strong, deep, and rich social network online are five times as likely to land that new job.
There are nowhere near enough “data scientists.”
It is currently accepted that the people who understand Big Data – the enormous datasets of information being collected with nearly every click of every computing device on the planet – will rule the roost in the future. If you can predict behavior by measuring and monitoring people’s machines down to an almost atomic level, you can make both your customers and your shareholders much happier.