In 2018, we will also see AI play a much more significant role in automated systems. In the wireless world, it will enable autonomous self-configuring networks and will run virtualized networks. This will be a must for 5G where it will be impossible to manually manage the vast network ecosystem.
The next year will also see AI move more into the “thinking” realm, meaning it will start to take over many of the routine and mundane tasks that lead to a productive, rather than simply a deductive, solution. For example, it can take over many of the tasks in test and measurement that people once did, and provide solutions based on intelligent analytical assessments. It can also be used to monitor and analyze data in field trials and lab scenarios and to offer solutions to the decision makers.
There is a wide range of opinions around how fast, where and how pervasive AI, and its support platforms, will permeate the human ecosystem. However, the next generation of AI, MI and ML are emerging and, coupled with big data, have the potential to disrupt, decisively, the status quo. 2018 will give us a glimpse into that realm, as well.