Artificial intelligence has expanded its grip on our lives throughout the past year. Even as a global pandemic forced many data scientists to work from their homes, AI-driven innovations continued to pour from the smartest minds everywhere.
AI is a centerpiece of the coming “new normal” in all our lives. Going forward, AI will be the intelligent nucleus of automated, robotic, and contactless processes that will protect us all from future outbreaks. With the COVID-19 crisis still in full sway, here are my predictions for the specific AI techniques, tooling, platforms, and apps that will come to the forefront in the year to come:
As we turn the corner into 2021, we’ll also have a new administration in place at the White House, a fact that will shape these AI-industry trends that we can’t yet fully foresee.
Early indications are that online content authenticity, especially in election campaigns, will become a key priority for the Biden administration, and this may drive further private sector investment in the AI needed to ensure this. Beyond that, it’s unclear how, if at all, the next administration will deviate from the AI regulation principles proposed by the outgoing administration, or how all of this will drive the federal government’s fiscal, regulatory, or legislative initiatives relevant to this technology.
The best we can hope for is that the next administration actually institutes responsible regulation of AI at the federal level, while funding the R&D needed to develop credible tooling and approaches to manage AI responsibly -- or “ethically,” as the buzzword would have it -- wherever it touches our lives.
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James Kobielus is an independent tech industry analyst, consultant, and author. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia. View Full Bio