Jason Ward of Dell Technologies discusses the tech trends he’s most excited about, from the future of AI to game-changing 5G.
As we continue to explore the future of emerging technologies and the influence they will have on society, it’s always interesting to hear from leaders in the tech space to see where they are focusing their attention.
Jason Ward is the vice president and general manager of Dell Technologies Ireland, having previously worked with Dell EMC for over a decade.
He told Siliconrepublic.com that AI is a major trend that continues to fascinate and excite him. “When people think of AI, we’re usually talking about benefits in areas like finance, health, and business,” he said. ” [But] AI is much more than that and can benefit society in so many ways and in weird and wonderful places. “
He cites the example of bees, which play a vital ecological role in the world but are also susceptible to diseases in severe decline due to the climate crisis.
To solve this problem, scientists have used AI to develop robotic bee drones to fulfill the role of pollination.
“AI is also part of our daily routines, although we don’t always realize it. Many of us now use AI-enabled toothbrushes that help better eliminate germs and protect teeth from bacteria. Systems have also been developed using deep learning algorithms that memorize your brushing behavior and can adapt to it.
However, Ward said that while a growing number of organizations are embracing AI, there is still a lot of unlocked potential for the technology.
“As the technology develops, it has the potential to make improvements in all aspects of society, from better weather forecasting and offering more accurate warning systems to the ‘improving the ability of health professionals to better understand the needs of the people they care for,’ he said.
He also said he was excited to see the next generation of robotics flourish, starting with connected sensors in manufacturing.
“In practice, sensors are used in the fabrication shop to measure a series of critical parameters such as pressure, temperature, current, vibration, etc. Industrial sensors or “senses” are the first step in creating valuable information for businesses, as they enable critical data to be obtained. to smell and then to collect, ”he said.
“Without these sensors in place, businesses cannot generate the relevant data needed for AI or robotics. These sensors facilitate the manufacturing process because they can act as quality control or monitoring equipment, and if this data can be made usable, it can ultimately help improve the efficiency of the manufacturing process.
Another major trend noted by Ward is the increase in cyber attacks. “Over the past year, we have reminded customers to increase their cybersecurity as the workforce is operating in a remote environment,” he said.
“Our latest Global Data Protection Index showed that 82% of organizations worldwide have suffered from a disruptive event. Cyber security will need to be a priority for businesses as they enter a new phase of remote working and we look to a future of hybrid workforce.
“5G will be a game changer”
Regarding other emerging technologies, Ward said we are on the cusp of widespread connectivity made possible by 5G with over 175 zettabytes of datasets to be created globally by 2025.
“5G is going to be a game changer,” he said. “5G is more than a next-generation mobile network. It’s the digital fabric of our data-driven age. By getting real-time insight to the edge, businesses can deploy new applications and transform the way they do business. By talking to customers, 5G is converging with AI, IoT, cloud, advanced computing and robotics to advance the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
This means that the telecommunications industry is undergoing a transformation. The International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that there will be an 800 pc increase in applications at the edge by 2024.
Edge Computing is a distributed, open computing architecture that features decentralized processing power, enabling mobile computing and IoT technologies. This means that the data is processed by the device itself or by a local computer or server, rather than being transmitted to a data center.
“While we are witnessing the accelerated rollout of 5G telecommunications and increasing connectivity, Ireland will need to ensure that businesses across the country can access its potential. With seamless access to 5G, businesses of all sizes will be able to translate real-time information from the production floor or their fleet of vehicles and use that information to innovate quickly, ”said Ward.
“However, some leaders do not know how and where advanced IT can fit into their IT transformation agenda and how it can benefit their business. An edge can be a video camera, a drone, an airplane, an engine in a car, or the whole car.
Dell Technologies operates 5G edge labs in Cork and Limerick, bringing together 5G, edge computing and machine learning to prototype next generation products and services.
The Cork team has previously worked with researchers from the Technological University of Munster and others internationally to apply these three technologies in the field of telehealth to advance the delivery of health care services. emergency.
“Our team across Ireland is also at the forefront of innovation powered by artificial intelligence, robotics and cybersecurity,” he said. “We see these technologies and the transformation of security as key to improving the competitiveness of Irish businesses as they accelerate their growth. That is why we are currently looking for new recruits to join our team.