Cisco predicts four technology trends

The pandemic and all the associated restrictions have ensured that technological developments follow each other much faster over the past two years. Two years ago, very few people could have foreseen that it would be possible for everyone to work from home, that there would be online teaching, and that even a doctor’s appointment from home would be possible. Nevertheless, we can expect many more of these kinds of developments this year and in the years to come. In addition, the importance of sustainability and inclusivity in technology is also becoming increasingly important. Cisco has identified four trends that we will see more and more in the coming years, where sustainability, inclusiveness and innovation become increasingly important.

1. Data flows lead to predictable insights

Modern businesses are defined by the business applications they create and use. The pandemic has underscored and magnified the importance of these business applications, and their use has grown significantly. Due to this increase in online interactions, more and more data is being collected. Every interaction on business platforms and applications adds data to an ever-growing flow of data. Predictive insight or predictive insight can then be generated from this data. In some cases, the data from these predictions will be stored centrally (in the cloud), but in other cases, data must first be processed in Edge, closer to the user, such as Machine Learning and other options.

2. Ethical AI is a prerequisite for an inclusive future

But how do we get these predictable insights? And how can we understand this data stream? The extremely large amount of data collected is too large for humans to perform this processing, but the data must be processed intelligently and sometimes even in real time. This is done by Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). However, processing data through ML and AI to produce insight also poses challenges to privacy, ownership, sovereignty, and compliance. In addition, artificial intelligence must be free from prejudice and thus guarantee inclusivity. AI must therefore be ethical, responsible and understandable so that everyone who uses the system can understand how insights are produced and why the data leads to these results. In order to realize true transparent AI, transparency must be present throughout the development process, which we will hopefully see much more often in the coming years.

3. Reliable, secure and cheap internet everywhere is the step towards less inequality

The urge for unlimited connection and communication will continue to exist in the future. The Internet helps us reduce social and economic inequalities by giving everyone equal, equitable access to the modern global economy. In particular, it will reduce the gap between urban and non-urban areas and create more jobs for all, regardless of where they come from. A permanent and reliable internet connection, available at a low cost, is essential. With the help of artificial intelligence, we can better predict connection and connection problems and fix these problems faster, which improves the connection. In this way, we will realize a hassle-free connection between any mobile and Wi-Fi connection, in the future even via LEO satellites.

4. Are quantum computers and security the way to a crime-free Internet?

Quantum computers and security will work together in a different way than the classic communication networks we have today. Our current network streams bits and bytes to exchange data. Quantum technology, on the other hand, is fundamentally based on an inexplicable phenomenon in quantum physics – the entanglement of particles that allow them to share information. Quantum networks can provide a new secure connection between digital devices, making them impenetrable to hackers. For example, systems are better protected against fraud and other interruptions of online activity. A crime-free internet is a wonderful perspective!

By: Liz Centoni, EVP, Chief Strategy Officer and General Manager Cisco Applications

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