What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

We’re at the early stages of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, but what is it and why do we care? Well, we’re in a time in human history where we are trying to bring together physical, digital and biological systems together and doing the impossible.So, lets go back to the beginning, the First Industrial Revolution was driven by the discovery that we can use steam engines to do all kind of interesting things. It was then followed closely by additional revolutions like electricity and information technology communications, which enables citizens to go about their daily business, work productively and make our lives a lot easier. Technology is not there to replace us but to help us and enable us to do more. Organisations like Microsoft are ahead of the game, the aim ‘’to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more’’ and A.I will enable us to do more. This year, at Microsoft Future Decoded, we learnt about the latest technology trends and how close we are to the worlds only and largest quantum computer, how A.I technology is being used to help people with disabilities a chance at doing things they thought were impossible and really making a difference.

So, technology is not all bad though some may argue that we are losing touch and there is a societal impact. Technology is what you make it, how you use technology is up to you but there is a huge responsibility. The world is becoming more digital, everything is changing. According to some future predictions about humans beings, a natural concept is going to change, our bodies will be so high tech its going to be difficult to differentiate from what is real and what isn’t and so we need to accept and be aware of this change. Does this mean we get to be super humans? Time will tell…

How are organisations adopting technology?

In this point in history, we interact with the cloud daily through our devices, we are collecting and using data in our personal and professional lives. It’s important for organisations to be at the forefront of this technology, because they may be left behind. The Microsoft Cloud has proven to be quite reputable as it’s very reliable and has data centres that are protected with the highest-level of technology. On a positive note, we’ve seen more and more companies utilising and adopting the cloud, for several reasons, but main trends include: productivity, efficiency, security, operations and collaboration.

What is Big Data – the latest technology trend?

Did you know we have so much big data around us and we are constantly collecting and using lots of data, which is crazy right? Did you know that per hour there will be 1 million new devices coming online by 2020?

Here’s the amount of big data we are currently using:

• Smart devices – 20b
• Smart city – 250PB
• People – 1.5GB
• Smart home – 50GB
• Connected factory – 1pb per day
• Stadium – 200TB per game
• Smart office – 150GB per day
• Autonomous vehicle – 5tb per day

Why is it important to capture data?

It’s important for organisations to capture and collect data that is relevant for their business. Capturing data can help make predictions for the future, so you can make more accurate business decisions. People lie but numbers don’t! Data is objective and can help humans make the best decisions without bias. As humans, our biases can become an obstacle in moving forward and that’s why data is the way forward.

What is Artificial Intelligence?

A.I is an area of computer science that emphasizes the creation of the intelligent machines that work and react like humans, features include speech recognition, learning, planning, and problem-solving.

Why are we working with this technology?

A.I is designed to gain trust and reduce human errors, it will enable us to achieve;
• Fairness
• Reliable & Safety
• Privacy & Security
• Inclusiveness
• Transparency
• Accountability

How can A.I impact your business?

A great example of how A.I can positively impact a business is addressing security concerns. A.I Technology can be used in the workplace through a powerful infrastructure that learns overtime. By placing a camera in the office building and training the A.I staff register to recognise employees, the device is able to learn and become intelligent overtime. This way if it sees an individual and doesn’t recognise them, security system will flag it. Image recognition is accurate at identifying people for which it has a lot of data, for example, white males, however, there may be a problem where it doesn’t recognise people of darker complexion. This is due to a lack of data and some of the biases in real life can be coded into A.I, so it’s important to have processes where artificial Intelligence is objective.

Latest Advancements in Technology Trends

Microsoft carried out tests over the years to see how advanced their A.I technology and the results were impressive. The Vision test scored 96% where it was able to recognise objects, which is the same as human recognition, the following year the switchboard speed recognition test scored 51%, which means we’re halfway there! Machine learning research systems is 69% and this year (2018) machine learning systems scored 69% so we’re getting closer. Another great achievement this year is the squad reading comprehension test that scored 88.5% which is fantastic. I mean it just proves that we are not far off and that technology is really evolving.

What is Mixed Reality?

Mixed reality is a blend of the physical world with the digital world, a great example that Microsoft lovers will know is the Microsoft HoloLens. This enables users to engage with mixed reality, they are aware of their surrounding whilst simultaneously seeing the virtual world through HoloLens.

Mixed reality brings to life six key operational use cases that touch a broad range of activities.

• Heads up hands-free
• Data Visualisation
• Spatial mapping and planning
• Remote collaboration
• 3D modelling and product design
• Simulation training.


Google, IBM and a handful of organisations are competing to create the next generation of supercomputers. Microsoft is working to build the world’s first, truly scalable quantum computer, but how? How does this technology work? Instead of trying one thing after another, you can do it all together. It going to be applied to problems like nitrogen fixation, carbon capture, material science and machine learning.

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