“People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed.”
― Rick Riordan
Imagine a world where machines are able to directly communicate with each other - high accuracy, validity and reliability - a machine to machine economy (M2M).
This world isn't actually too far away, probably less than a decade. Automation has always played a big role in factories. But, now we are on the cusp of reaching a whole new level. As Artificial Intelligence and IoT increases in sophistication business processes at all stages can be combined with machines and allow for optimisation of micro to macro decisions that humans have traditionally made. For example, take the idea of a 'smart supermarket'. All the shelves would have sensors and immediately inform the back storeroom when an item is running low or has reached its expiry parameters. However, here is the trick. In the back storeroom there is no people or human employees that receive the request for a refill or replacement - it is more machines! And these machines will also be able to communicate directly with the machines located across the country/world which supply all of the grocery items. So when a new order needs to be filled it will be filled by the machine! To add an additional layer, the machines at the supermarket will also be able to connect directly with your fridge/pantry. If it is decided that you are running low on a certain item or your 'smart home' records that you need ingredients to make a chocolate cake, without you even thinking twice you will have the ingredients directly delivered to you, hassle free! And mind you, by this stage, it will probably be the machines in your kitchen making the chocolate cake too!!!
The opportunities this field will create are only limited by our imaginations. The more creative we are the more exotic and ultimately exciting the outcomes.