How Artificial Intelligence Can Shape the World Post COVID-19

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Change is the only constant. With every step that humanity takes towards a positive change, the string of fears that accompany this change, are quite natural. Nevertheless, one needs to take a leap of faith, especially when the domain is technological advancement. When visionaries presented to the society, the idea of inventing computers, a few decades ago and tried to enlighten us on how machines would be the future, eyebrows were raised. The 21st century is a testimony to what we have achieved with the help of advancements in technology. 

Smart-phones, laptops, drones, etc to a name a few, are souvenirs that demonstrate consistent progress of our civilization. The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not limited to a particular industry. This technology has been successfully applied in the areas of space exploration and military activities as well.

AI has also recorded remarkable success in the health-care domain. Hospital equipment operated in synchronization with AI enabled applications, have outperformed doctors, in terms of accuracy. With the use of this Artificial Intelligence (AI), it is now possible to process huge volumes of information within days. Technological advancements are not a new affair. The phenomenon has been witnessed by different generations at different times over the last 250 years.

The ongoing corona-virus pandemic has taught us some valuable lessons, while hinting at the possible future of businesses. Data scientists have leveraged AI to predict the end of this pandemic. Researchers have taken into consideration, the numbers relating to infections, tests and deaths, to develop a pattern which will thereby forecast the possible end of this disease. Scientists and mathematicians have successfully invented machines that are now receptive to emotions and feelings as well.

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The use of this technology is not limited to movies and science fiction novels. It is the new reality of our evolving society. Be it the assistants in our smart-phones or the self-driving cars, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a juggernaut and it will take every human in its grip sooner or later. Not leaving the services sector behind, AI is expected to create sizeable number of jobs, especially in the post-corona scenario, where human lifestyle would have undergone a drastic transformation. 

Social distancing, web meetings, work from home, are literally some of the few aspects of this lifestyle change that we are experiencing at the moment. Nonetheless, there’s more to come in the near future. Quite soon, the world will witness a phased transition of services, enabled by AI. The way we conduct our day-to-day activities is about to undergo a complete overhaul. It is recorded that the AI industry generated a revenue of close to USD 5bn in the year 2015. Furthermore, it is estimated that algorithms and machines will create nearly 133 million roles by the year 2022. Data also points out that, of the said number, about 58 million will be standalone jobs. With a technological shift so massive, there are good chances of job displacement. But that doesn’t suggest any kind of worry. The post-corona scenario in fact is an opportunity to re-evaluate your career and start afresh laterally.

There are numerous job roles being created and released in the market. Unfortunately, there are lesser individuals with the skill set that matches the criteria. As speculations are rife about the end of lockdowns, globally and also the repercussions as a result of these lockdowns, this is probably the best time for you to explore your options in the arena of technology. Some of the job roles customized for AI, machine learning and robotics are listed below: 

  • Big Data Architect: is probably one of the well payed jobs in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). As a Big Data Architect, one is entrusted with the responsibility to plan, design and develop big data environment.
  • Research Scientist: is an individual who is an expert in various disciplines of AI. These include machine learning, computational statistics, applied mathematics and much more. 
  • Data Scientist: is a role that requires the individual to collect, analyze and interpret complex sets of data. It also requires developing algorithms for the collection and cleaning of data. 

The career prospects listed above are only a few drops from the vast ocean of opportunities. One remarkable point to be considered here is that, the revolution is comprehensive. The last three industrial revolutions however, were region-specific and economy-specific. From a far-sighted point of view, this is a golden phase for all those countries lagging behind in terms of social, economic and political development to be a part of the race and make a worthwhile contribution to the success of the upcoming industrial revolution.

Dinesh Vaswani
Twitter handle : @dmostvalued

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