The Coming Age of Autonomous Things
The emergence of Internet of Things (IoT) and the whirlwind of technological innovations powered by it have made momentous traction to the generations over the period. Interestingly, IoT and the technology associated with it became a defining factor of the era we live. Ours is a generation that is moving towards a complete AI-first world, with indisputable automation for comprehensive applications. Simultaneously, the extensive cultivation around emerging technology arena for a prosperous tech driven future over the past few years is bringing the idea of Autonomous Things (AuT) into life. As advancements in technology become more and more exciting, autonomous things will undoubtedly continue to improve at a breakneck speed.
The development of self-navigating drones is believed to be the first AuT technology which performed a skilful drift that darted through the trees at 30 mph. The latest example of AuT is self-driving vehicles that are expected to get deployed mainstream in the near future. The innovation centred on autonomous vehicle are enabled with data collection from their environment, which include navigating of the route based on the map, vehicles that are surrounded, potential hazards, pedestrians, and the condition of the road. The technology of AuT is believed to transform the conventional workplace environment that has fluctuating levels of capability, coordination, and intelligence. The use of automated devices for executing tasks related to highly-developed agriculture has attracted the attention for its design and algorithm in robots to control farms independently. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) which can be controlled from the ground by human scouts can help in finding solutions for farmers of specific harvests, as well as vertical farming.
The impact of AuT in workplace could make its way into the office rooms where employees work. The assistance of Virtual Personal Assistance for the user in guidance has not been completely autonomous, which demands to the more automatic-complex tasks that are yet to come. In about few years, the people working in Industry 4.0 would be running businesses using virtual assistants or independent agents enabling a more natural interaction among their environment and with people. If this development endures, the integration of swarm intelligence can be witnessed within the digital workplace devices that address the general purposes to fulfil user’s demands. The road ahead for AuT heavily relies on an extensive research and development on how to make use of big data, AI and Cloud technology for effective outcomes. Though the significant progress that AuT forecast to achieve is vibrant, to reach the pace of human intelligence has a lot more miles to run.