What prospects does Artificial Intelligence hold for the networking sector? When talking of network, the most is expected of an efficient one is a seamless network allowing the users smooth connection. However, future is always about making today’s imaginations real. Here we are talking about a network that will take its own decision to select options based on the user’s location and activity, also routing the user to the best possible network to handle the task being carried out without causing interruption. This is about the Universal Network, and AI is the technology that will make it happen.
This always connected network, is going to talk with each other, and take over each other with the requirement as per the device, whether we are using WiFi, a mobile network, Bluetooth, or one of the many IoT network technologies.
This connectivity universe will be no more dependent on the multiple devices that we use today be it a mobile phone, a wearable or any other device to access; the innumerable applications will become a virtual, interconnected ecosystem as we interact with them or even put them on our bodies. AI here, will be the prime facilitator of real-time conversations between the networks, monitoring that all interactions receive the best-possible quality of service out of the connections available to them. Moreover, these networks will exist across all industries and borders.
And how will AI do this?
Here AI who will definitely be doing faster and cost effective network designing, however, humans will be the one who will actually build the network.
AI’s assistance in massive computing power combining with human intellect and creativity will together create a situation in which new design and management techniques will be created that humans couldn’t build on their own. The self-improving intelligent algorithms will harness over time. So, not only will the number of people and companies that are able to build and innovate with networks increase, the networks which are designed and developed will be capable of far more than their predecessors.
Apart from simply designing the network, AI will help also manage, maintain and protect the same. Currently, networks are monitored by algorithms that look for anomalous build-ups of traffic and activity prone to malevolent activities such as Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks and attempted hacks. With AI these algorithms become more intelligent, it will find faster and more foolproof methods of anticipating threats and cleaning the network. AI will be able to better predict traffic as it collects and analyzes data in real-time, so that network managers are better prepared for big events such as the Olympics, Black Friday and Valentine’s Day, which often put the Internet under pressure.
Next, thanks to software-defined networking technologies, the ability to automatically and dynamically route traffic between the internet and the private network will ensure that employees are able to enjoy super-fast access to applications and data to collaborate securely and seamlessly, wherever in the world they are. With this combination of AI-designed underlying network topologies and AI-driven software-defined networking, we will eventually see more profound evolutions of what networks are capable of, across all industries.
In retail, for example, an AI-enhanced network can provide, faster, more accurate product discovery for customers, leading to increased order values and conversion rates for their company’s shopping portals. In the healthcare industry, a network built on artificial intelligence can analyze thousands of documents in minutes to help doctors make more informed decisions about patient care. Meanwhile, in the call center business, networks that leverage AI can more accurately and quickly route and service customer inquiries.
These are just a few of the industries that AI will touch. By pouring all our existing expertise, data, and research into an AI algorithm, this knowledge can be shared and used more creatively as well as augmented and developed further, making the design process accessible to the many rather than restricted to the few.
Of course, this transformation will require a lot of work us humans first. We need to see continued investment by all players in global networking to ensure that the infrastructure and systems people and businesses rely on will be able to keep up with their growing digital demands
The advent of AI provides a huge opportunity to revolutionize the world’s networks. This is particularly important when one considers that we are at the tipping point where the way we use networks is about to change forever, thanks to things such as IoT-enabled autonomous vehicles and always-connected smart city systems. AI is causing, and will continue to cause, a total rethink of whether the current business models are conducive to providing the best possible user experience and the most cost-effective way possible.