A connected and networking world
A connected and networking world – that is yet another result of our digitalised age. But communication in this area relates just as much to machines as it does to people. This is illustrated by the issue of the “Connected World”.
The way we communicate in our society and connect to each other has radically changed within a short period of time. In the digital age, people communicate with machines as well as with each other. Smartphones or smart watches track our physical data and can thereby help to support digital health services. Lighting and heating can be automatically controlled in the Smart Home. The “Internet of Things” has developed from the Smart Home to intelligent buildings and intelligent spaces.
Social responsibility is important
“The Connected World particularly affects the issues of society and ethics”, explains ERGO IT Strategist Roland Braun. This is specifically in terms of the consequences that certain algorithms can have on certain population groups. Will people possibly be ex-cluded or treated differently by this? “It is our social responsibility as a company to look closely at this,” continues Roland Braun.
One thing is clear: technologies that give machines greater autonomy are becoming con-siderably better and more precise. Self-driving vehicles, robots and drones are increasing-ly able to recognise their environment and react to it: today, drones can transport a defib-rillator to a patient at a speed of almost 100 km/h.
Integration of data sources and Artificial Intelligence
The “Open Data” and “Open API” trends shows that the integration of data from multiple sources is becoming much more efficient. That can be seen across companies and in-dustries. “Companies can no longer allow themselves to think and act in an isolated manner,” confirms Roland Braun.
The “Precision Farming” trend, for instance, shows how the efficiency and quality of agri-cultural production can be improved by the use of Artificial Intelligence. Special sensors simplify the collection of relevant data, for instance the status of the soil or nutrients. “This extends from the targeted use of drones, smart technologies or satellite technology to monitor cultivation land,” explains IT Strategist Roland Braun. “Of course, this also opens up the possibility of producing much more environmental products.”