Artificial intelligence has expanded its grip on our lives throughout the past year. Even as a global pandemic forced many data scientists to work from their homes, AI-driven innovations continued to pour from the smartest minds everywhere.
AI is a centerpiece of the coming “new normal” in all our lives. Going forward, AI will be the intelligent nucleus of automated, robotic, and contactless processes that will protect us all from future outbreaks. With the COVID-19 crisis still in full sway, here are my predictions for the specific AI techniques, tooling, platforms, and apps that will come to the forefront in the year to come:
- Automated governance will become key for controlling AI applications
- Adversarial attacks will require countermeasures to protect the AI-driven economy
- Edge-based AI will crunch neural networks down to their essence:
- Facial recognition will become a dominant AI-based contactless authentication technology: Authenticated AI is imperative. In 2021, enterprises will implement facial recognition for strong authentication in a growing range of internal and customer-facing applications. By the same token, business will increasingly avoid using the technology to inference identity, race, gender, and other attributes that might be sensitive from a privacy, bias, or surveillance standpoint. To the extent that businesses incorporate facial recognition in image/video auto-tagging, query-by-image, and other such applications, it will only be after extensive review by legal counsel. The regulatory sensitivity of this technology, and the legal risks, will only grow for the foreseeable future.
- Robotics will bring reinforcement learning into AI’s mainstream
- Deepfake technology will infuse a new generation of AI-based media-prep tools
- Quantum computing will find its first compelling AI application:
As we turn the corner into 2021, we’ll also have a new administration in place at the White House, a fact that will shape these AI-industry trends that we can’t yet fully foresee.
Early indications are that online content authenticity, especially in election campaigns, will become a key priority for the Biden administration, and this may drive further private sector investment in the AI needed to ensure this. Beyond that, it’s unclear how, if at all, the next administration will deviate from the AI regulation principles proposed by the outgoing administration, or how all of this will drive the federal government’s fiscal, regulatory, or legislative initiatives relevant to this technology.
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