In many ways, modern life is all about saving time, resources and energy for which technology is an undebatable bliss, enabling its users to focus on their daily lives with the confidence of knowing that they are going places. As user experience, market impact and scientific reliability of modern day technologies increase, the human factor is slowly losing its relevance, preparing the intuitive mind for a brand new industrial revolution. Tools and services such as online shopping and delivery, driver navigation technologies and digital identity have already entered human lives at a fundamental level, signaling further collaboration between people and technology. In such a scenario, understanding the motives, processes and effects of technological progress is crucial for which people are expected to be aware of the pros and cons of the transition into the age of advanced technologies for the sake of safety, comfort and productivity.
Today’s industry relies on computational technologies to operate and profit and IBM has always been a leader in supplying such services to the world. Recently, the company announced its plans to acquire ‘Red Hat’, a North Carolina based open-source software company, for $34 billion to integrate it into its struggling cloud computing department. The company intends to become the global leader in the field, relying on the capabilities of Red Hat, which employs more than 2,000 qualified personnel in America as well as 12,600 workers in more than 35 countries globally. IBM’s current cloud system is a private one, with the company lacking crucial infrastructure to enter the public markets for which the Red Hat’s facilities will be sufficient. The companies have a converging history with IBM supporting early versions of the Linux system that Red Hat utilizes for software distribution and the acquisition will strengthen the ties between the two entities in the years to come. Red Hat will continue to operate as “a distinct unit within IBM,” reporting directly to Ginni Rometty, IBM’s current CEO.
Continuing with Cloud systems, which have managed to create a promising $260.2 billion business market in a short period of time, a new rival’s entry into the game might re-arrange the rules of the game: Edge Computing. The newly popularized phenomenon of ‘Internet of Things’ refers to AI-backed individual computers and devices carrying out information processes without adhering to a centralized server. Such servers within the cloud necessitate intermediation between cloud members, which costs time and resource in the process. Edge computing creates ‘cloudlets’ of information which are connected to the general cloud network with respect to regulation and reporting. However, for time-sensitive operations such as police regulation, firefighting and warfare, such cloudlets enable their members to bypass some of the time and resource consuming procedures of the original cloud system, providing their users with a ‘Tactical Edge’. The newly emergent industry is expected to add $20 trillion to the global GDP within the next 20 years while technologies such as Microsoft’s Azure Stack and Amazon’s AWS Snowball are already being modified to meet future demand.
Employment is a major issue in modern life as billions of people are drawn into factories, offices and worksites daily to earn a living. With the introduction of automated processes and robots intended to substitute human labor, the prospect of a healthy global human society has been subjected to significant risks and threats. In such an environment, it is crucial for future generations of laborers to focus on the new skills required by the industry to be able to reserve a spot in the future job markets. Artificial Intelligence and nanotechnologies are considered to be fundamental for the new age of industry and therefore seeking a degree related to these fields is not a bad idea. Computer science education such as coding or programming will also provide a head start in the race for such job seekers. Fortunately, skills such as collaboration, creativity, problem solving and empathy are still in high demand and numerous institutions will prefer youngsters who choose education or profession in fields that require such skills. Eradicating gender prejudices will also be useful as many men and women shy away from taking jobs that are culturally linked to a specific gender, creating inefficiency in the job market.