Are Traditional Operating Systems Past Their Prime?
For years, the operating system has been a dominant concern of IT professionals. Increasingly; however, it seems, CIOs have a shifting vision. Theirs appear to be one that ensures their applications rest securely in the cloud, work across multiple platforms, may be accessed from anywhere, and can be updated on demand. And while Windows is still the dominant desktop OS, Android has rapidly captured some 67% of the mobile/tablet market.
As the traditional desktop is rapidly consumed by BYOD or supplied mobile devices, the traditional buy-in to a single operating system becomes less attractive than applications that work flawlessly across platforms delivered through the cloud.
Though Windows 10 is gaining steam in Enterprise, among CIOs spoken to by ZDNet the consensus is clear. “The operating system itself is a lower priority than efforts to move applications to the cloud [and] the details of the operating system are less important to customers as applications are increasingly expected to run across multiple platforms.”
The recent Gartner event in Orlando emphasized the point by predicting that digital always on, always connected was a transformative paradigm rapidly replacing traditional CEO, CIO business and IT practices. As just one example, intelligent algorithms will continue to sensitize customer relationships in ways not thought possible a mere few years ago. And, in a world where 6 billion connected things will be requesting support, according to Gartner, “things” will become customers
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Google, Facebook, Amazon & Microsoft Create Nonprofit To Advance AI
You’ve undoubtedly thought of it. You’ve seen it in dystopian movies. Will a computer one day be smarter than us? Or are they already? It’s no small question.
But what is AI, exactly? One simple explanation might be that it is the creation of machine technology that resembles, imitates or exceeds the human capacity for thinking, reasoning, planning, calculating and assessing to then arrive at conclusions.
To be sure, current AI research and technology is considerably more complex and layered, and equally as certain is that AI is by many considered to be the imminent path to our computing and societal future in a very positive way.
So it comes as no surprise that five of the world’s largest technology companies – Facebook, Google and its DeepMind subsidiary, Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM have joined hands in a nonprofit venture to advance AI.
Called the Partnership on AI, the group’s states it was “Established to study and formulate best practices on AI technologies, to advance the public’s understanding of AI, and to serve as an open platform for discussion and engagement about AI and its influences on people and society.”
A spokesman stressed the partnership’s purpose was not to lobby, nor to be a regulatory agency, but to provide a climate of transparency and collaboration as we look to the future.