Rapid acceleration of human-centric technology in AI, digital ecosystems and marketplaces will empower citizens
People hold the power to shape and apply technology to create positive change, improve lives, and transform business and society, according to the Accenture Technology Vision 2017.
The theme of this year’s report, Technology for People, is a call to action for business and technology leaders to actively design and direct technology to augment and amplify human capabilities. The report states that we are beginning to see the emergence of technology for people, by people: technology that seamlessly anticipates our needs and delivers hyper-personalised experiences.
“The pace of technology change is breath-taking, bringing about the biggest advancements since the dawn of the Information Age,” said Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s chief technology & innovation officer. “As technology transforms the way we work and live, it raises important societal challenges and creates new opportunities. Ultimately, people are in control of creating the changes that will affect our lives, and we’re optimistic that responsive and responsible leaders will ensure the positive impact of new technologies.”
As part of the Technology Vision, Accenture surveyed more than 5,400 business and IT executives worldwide. Nearly nine in 10 respondents (86 per cent) said that while individual technologies are rapidly advancing, it is the multiplier effect of these technologies that is creating innovation breakthroughs.
The Technology Vision details how – with advances in artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and big data analytics – humans can now design technology that’s capable of learning to think more like people and to constantly align to and help advance their wants and needs. This human-centred technology approach pays off for businesses, as leading companies will transform relationships from provider to partner, simultaneously transforming internally.
The Technology Vision identifies five emerging technology trends that are essential to business success in today’s digital economy:
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