IT Trends 2018-19: Impacts on Your Business and Personal Life

Last week, I took part in a “Future of the Future” episode of the Coffee Break with Game Changers series of podcasts with Bonnie D. Graham

We discussed how important IT trends – Blockchain, AI, Machine Learning, IoT – are coming of age in 2018-19, individually and collectively disrupting every industry — you can listen to the show below, download the audio file, or subscribe to the podcast series on itunes.

In a wide-ranging discussion, we covered themes such as whether blockchain will help make the world a more egalitarian place, the role of data privacy and data sovereignty, what skills employees will need in the future faced with artificial intelligence, and how everything is becoming “self-driving”.

The panelists and our chosen illustrative quotes:

  • Timo Elliott, SAP: “Anything you can do, I (AI) can do better”
    (a play on the song by Irving Berlin, from Annie Get Your Gun).
  • Gray Scott, Futurist: “Nothing comes unannounced, but many can miss the announcement” (Terence McKenna).
  • Paul Lewis, Hitachi Americas: “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality” (Walt Disney).

Listen to the podcast to hear more! What big themes do you think we missed?