Every CXO in this world would ideally like to own a crystal ball in which s/he can gaze and see how, and which, technologies will disrupt or shape the future of his or her business. Unfortunately, this will not happen in a hurry. It is heartening, though, that one can get a fair idea of the technologies that are maturing during the year. This definitely helps in providing a bird’s eye view of what to expect this year.
So, what can we expect this year? 2017 will see the next technological revolution reshaping Indian society, business and the government landscape, as our cover story in this second edition of Mint’s Technology Report will reveal.
According to research firm International Data Corp. (IDC), five technologies, which include next-gen security, cognitive systems, Internet of Things, 3D printing and natural user interfaces, are expected to herald the dawn of the next technological age. Research firm Gartner, Inc., on the other hand, speaks more about 10 tech trends that will be maturing over the next 3-4 years.
In this issue, we have also dedicated a section to artificial intelligence (AI), aimed at underscoring how important this trend is and what this umbrella concept will mean to individuals, companies and governments. We have included a comprehensive report titled India and the Artificial Intelligence Revolution, wherein the author, Shashi Shekhar Vempati of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has recommended spurring AI-based innovation and establishing AI-ready infrastructure to prepare India’s jobs and skills markets for an AI-based future and to secure its strategic interests.
This issue also features an interview with Shivaram Kalyanakrishnan, an IIT-Bombay professor who specializes in AI, and is part of an 18-member study panel of the Stanford University-hosted report titled Artificial Intelligence and Life.
We also have a piece on how digital technologies can usher in a second green revolution in the country; an article that takes a candid look at the metrics associated with digital advertising; a report on the latest in productivity gadgets; and a feature on how hi-tech is improving performance in sports, among others.
We hope to continue bringing you the latest in technology through these reports. Your feedback will be highly appreciated.