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Rise of the machines: How AI and robotics can help your business

by Christina Juarez

April 4, 2019

It’s nearly impossible to read an article about the future of IT and business without noting the involvement of artificial intelligence (AI) or robotics. The fact of the matter is that AI and robotics are not only here to stay - they’re influencing IT departments around the globe. In some cases, they’re completely changing the way we do business.

But the rise and dominance of AI and robotics isn’t perceived by everyone in the business world as good news. If you ask your average Joe IT employee, he might express fears of job loss as a result of AI automation. Similarly, others feel robots can be a hindrance to businesses and worry about the machines becoming too smart.

AI gains ground in the home

The Consumer Electronic Show (CES), held annually in Las Vegas, has become a hotbed for brands to show off the capabilities of AI and robotics. And while concepts and products presented at the show can seem incredibly futuristic, they’re often what businesses need to be thinking about when developing strategic plans.

For example, at this year’s CES, many companies talked about the expanded use of AI in the home - like truly smart appliances that can speak to one another. As your business looks to the years ahead, it’s vital for you to consider how your products and service can progress, or at least align with, these societal advancements.

Are you budgeting enough for tech research and development? Do your employees have the opportunity to continue their professional development to keep up with trends?

Keeping up with the Jetsons

Another technology for businesses to consider when doing their strategic planning is the increase in use of automation - and, ultimately, robotics. While we’re still far away from a Jetsons-style home helper robot, we have seen the increase in use of this type of technology across many industries. From assembly lines, to sending robots into potentially unsafe situations, it’s expected that more and more uses will become evident as company’s make it a priority to explore this side of the industry.

Ricoh takes pride in staying on top of new technology that will help us help our clients. If you’re interested in exploring how tech advancements can help your bottom line and tie in with your IT planning and road-mapping, connect with one of our specialists today. We can help you learn how new technology can propel your business forward and ensure you stay competitive into the future.