What will the digital world be like? In a word: Intelligent. New chips and sensors mean that today, everything can be "+Intelligence". And with new computing, storage, and analytics, information and communications technology (ICT) is expanding the boundaries of what that +Intelligence can do.
When AlphaGo defeated the world's no. 1 go player, Ke Jie, it was no fluke. Rather, it was the inevitable culmination of a long process, in which algorithms and binary programming gradually became truly intelligent. It is easy to imagine more: Chatbots will soon be ubiquitous, giving personalized advice on fitness routines and recipes; AI doctors will be reading our x-rays and giving remote diagnoses; Industry 4.0 will reconfigure factories and supply chains in response to real-time demand.
The rise of innovative ICT technologies and applications is only opening the throttle of the digital engine. Entire industries are transforming to become part of the +Intelligence age. Transport+Intelligence means that you won't need to know the way – the way will know you. Healthcare+Intelligence will be about curing the person, not the disease. Manufacturing+Intelligence will make what you need before you even know you need it. Progress in ICT will flip us from a world that fights over resources to a world that competes on smarts. We will soon be in a world where everything is sensing, everything is connected, and everything is intelligent.
Turning Intelligence into Action
The digital transformation is coming. But how can we seize its opportunities? The key lies in the actions we take now. Get ahead to stay ahead, because it will be ICT leaders who write the next chapter in our digital history.