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QAD 2020 Predictions: AI is the Path to the Factory of the Future

VMblog Predictions 2020 

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2020.  Read them in this 12th annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

By Carter Lloyds, Chief Marketing Officer, QAD Inc.

AI is the Path to the Factory of the Future

I believe that exploding AI workloads will create a surge in demand for GPUs and specialized AI chips in 2020. The amount of compute required to train the largest AI models has doubled every 3.4 months between 2012 and 2018. Compared to Moore's law with a doubling of transistors in an integrated circuit every 2 years, chips can't keep up. This rate of growth can only be sustained through increased parallelism (throwing more chips at the problem) or through the delivery of AI-specific chips delivering substantial improvements in performance. There are some promising new chips on the horizon like the Cerebras Wafer-Scale Engine (WSE). The chip is the size of an iPad.

The fuel for AI is data and it is growing exponentially. According to Domo, in the United States, 4,416,720 gigabytes of internet data are used per minute, up 41% from 2018. 118 million emails and 500 thousand tweets are sent every minute.

The problems we are trying to solve with AI could have an enormous impact. Take autonomous vehicles for example. Greater than 94% of all car crashes are a result of human error. Nearly 1.25 million people worldwide die each year in automobile accidents. Each one percent improvement in autonomous vehicle performance will require increasingly more data and larger models as we tackle the tricky edge cases.

From a manufacturing perspective, it has been said that "The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man, and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment." AI is our path to that future.

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About the Author

Carter Lloyds 

Carter is the Chief Marketing Officer, where he is responsible for the alignment of customer needs, offerings, engagement, and messaging. His goal is to bring the voice of the customer into everything we do at QAD. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, wine (which makes cooking even more enjoyable), traveling with his wife and two children, and snowboarding.
Published Wednesday, December 18, 2019 7:40 AM by David Marshall
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