What is Intelligent Automation?
Intelligent Automation – the integration of ‘artificial’ intelligence (AI) and automation – will change virtually every industry imaginable. This combination enables greater efficiencies, productivity, convenience and scale. It has the potential to drastically alter the outlook for many traditional industries such as manufacturing, healthcare and automotive as well as to lead to the emergence of new sectors and technologies. The impact on these sectors will be profound. Employment and labor will not necessarily decline, but will be transformed into new roles and new skillsets.
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Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), may also impact goods delivery, but perhaps more importantly they will transform the industrial and agricultural sectors, allowing for the more efficient provision of services in some of the harshest conditions imaginable. Learn more about our commercial drone market research.
Advanced robotics and smart manufacturing, once a pioneer of intelligent automation, continues to use AI and technology to enable smarter, faster and safer production lines that help drive down manufacturing costs. Learn more about our industrial automation research.
Self-driving (or autonomous) cars, trucks and mass transit systems will dramatically alter the journeys of consumers and the way goods are delivered. New technologies will be developed to enable this transformation and new supply chains will be created. Self-driving cars will become the norm and goods delivery may no longer need any human intervention from manufacture to consumption.
Agriculture and irrigation are also poised to reap the benefits that intelligent automation brings. Technology developments are expected to allow for more productive, efficient and lower cost harvests against a backdrop of rising commodity costs and growing demands for food supplies from limited land and a changing population profile.
Advances by the IBM Watson initiative continue to make in-roads on advanced and automated health diagnostics by coupling artificial intelligence and analytical software. This alone has the potential to completely redesign modern healthcare, impacting identification of disease and treatment for future generations.
Smartphones and other consumer devices continue to add intelligence and “assistance” at a remarkable pace. Whilst currently somewhat limited in functionality, the steep learning curve and rapid adoption rates mean that this sector can potentially change overnight. The prospect of having several billion devices capable of learning, reacting and delivering services to consumers with no human intervention is very real.
These are just a small number of examples of how intelligent automation is already impacting established industries. There are many, many other markets undergoing or prone to similar disruption and change in the coming years. You can rely on Interact Analysis to track this exciting sector closely, and bring you the most up-to-date insight on what’s changing, as it happens.