Although it is no longer a new idea, people are now beginning to see the true possibilities of cloud computing. Here are four ways cloud computing will shape human life in the future, especially in the 4.0 industrial revolution.
Building the first digital infrastructure
Cloud computing will provide digital infrastructure for future cities, where an estimated 7 billion global population will live. Elevators and smart parking, cars, trains and subways, companies and power plants – all will become safer and better managed thanks to cloud data storage and analysis capabilities.
Cloud computing will also transform companies, especially small and medium-sized businesses, once data analytics, AI and other features become business services. Some examples include:
The commercial aviation cloud will help airlines manage ground operations such as maintenance, refueling, luggage transportation and cabin cleaning, thereby increasing efficiency and helping flights take off on time.
Cloud utilities will automatically fix bugs in the power network to ensure households and businesses have electricity on demand.
Cloud banking will allow financial institutions to scan thousands of transactions per second to prevent scams.
Regardless of the size of the industry, all companies need digital infrastructure to support their business. The cloud will turn information and communication technology from a support system into a production system.
Cloud computing will also help society cope with increasing amounts of data. These data include apps such as high-resolution videos and will account for 89% of personal user traffic by 2025, according to Huawei estimates.
Soon the demand for bandwidth and network storage for user-generated entertainment videos will decrease and this demand for “image and video content for non-entertainment purposes” will increase, according to the IDC data analytics company’s Data Age 2025 report.
Examples of this new trend include ads and videos used in public security apps.
IDC also refers to “productivity-oriented” data, such as files on PCs and servers, metadata of files and digital websites, as well as data generated by machine-to-machine communications in the internet of things. The clouds will help people store this growing amount of data and exploit them to get useful insights.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Cloud computing will support emerging technologies such as AI and help them adapt to new platforms, such as mobile phones. When smartphone sales surpassed desktop sales in 2011, mobile phones became the world’s largest computing platform, and of course, AI has been infiltrating the world’s largest computing platform.
While smartphones contain a lot of unstructioned data such as emails, text messages and images, analyzing unstructioned data is a process that requires time and processing power. These are things that most smartphones can’t meet, so phones have to send data to strong servers in the cloud. This extends the AI response time.
The solution to this problem is to divide tasks between cloud and phone. Ai learning should take place in the cloud, allowing the device to respond to voice commands instantly. The photos are guaranteed to be arranged by content, although for many subjects in different shooting conditions.
Because the inferent process needs to process data in real time at all times, even the super-advanced smartphones of the future will not be able to meet the computing needs of AI. Therefore, smartphones will need to rely on the processing power of the cloud.
The prospect of driverless cars surfing the streets and highways is still far from over, but it will soon come true thanks to the power of cloud computing.
Similar to smartphones, vehicles equipped with sensors and cameras generate a lot of information. Much of that data needs to be processed in real time, so this process will take place on, or in the car itself. But many features, such as software updates and machine self-learning, will occur in the cloud.
In the future, videos will be introduced into vehicles to provide entertainment, enhance traffic safety by allowing drivers to “see through” other vehicles and make cars safer. To prevent theft and vandalism, many cars are now equipped with security cameras. The footage can be stored in a secure memory card in the car or taken to the cloud.