Top 4 AI trends for 2021

High Score Labs News   •   Jan 1, 2021

No doubt, 2020 has been a tumultuous year for the human race. Businesses have been disrupted – possibly bankrupted –, vacation plans suspended, and relationships strained. COVID 19 has forced everyone around the world to slow down, at least a bit, and take some time to reflect on what’s really important in life. One other thing the pandemic has done is bring to light the extent of AI’s impacts on human lives and businesses. Here are four major areas where we can expect AI to be heavily implemented in 2021.

  1. Automated Detection and Prevention

The prevalence of AI in today’s world is becoming more evident to everyone; no more will AI be restricted to background processes. An instance is in the use of surveillance drones by law enforcement in the US and a handful of other countries to monitor whether social distancing rules are being observed.

A trend to look forward to in this area will be the rollout of drones equipped to detect COVID symptoms in crowded areas, and drones with facial recognition capabilities to monitor and trace contacts of individuals exhibiting COVID symptoms.

  1. Business on the Rebound

Another aspect of life where the pandemic has been disruptive is business. Businesses have struggled these past few months to stay afloat. Workers who could not adapt to remote work have been laid off, and businesses that cannot digitalize have all but drowned. As normalcy gradually returns in 2021, we can expect a few aspects of businesses to remain digital.

AI will play a large role in the return to normalcy as much of executive and business decisions will be guided by AI predictions. AI technology can import huge chunks of opportunities, win rate percentages, customer behavior, and sales data to inform on every business decision, from workforce planning to expenditure.

  1. Smarter Big Data Analytics

More than ever before, we had a great need to quickly gather, analyze, and interpret data on the spread of the Coronavirus. We get the results of these analyses when we receive information on COVID figures each night. Regular CPUs cannot handle such information speedily, whereas AI can effectively do so.

Asides from pandemic management, mass data analysis is required by businesses as they start up the path to pre-COVID status. The sheer aggression with which investment in the field of Artificial Intelligence today is a pointer to its increasing relevance, and we can expect to see more of this in 2021.

  1. Shutting Down the Next Pandemic

On December 31, 2019, BlueDot’s tool issued an alert about a potential outbreak in Wuhan, China. The prediction was a little late but the AI’s accuracy at predicting the event could mean a lot for epidemiology from 2021 forward. 

The biggest caveat of AI is its ability to accurately predict events. If this were tuned to epidemiology, there is potential for much to be accomplished. The next pandemic can be shut down before it even rears its ugly head. 

In the coming years, the field of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning is expected to benefit from more extensive research and investments. It will be interesting to see how these advancements pan out. In the meantime, we are sure that AI is here to stay!

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