Futurist Kevin Surace On AI, IoT And Cloud: Solution Providers Have To Embrace The ‘Big Disruption’
Joseph F. Kovar
‘I do not have a crystal ball. … All I can do is help us take a little journey together three years, five years, 10 years into the future, maybe 20, and say, with these technologies coming along, what does the future look like for us? What does it look like for our businesses,’ says futurist and entrepreneur Kevin Surace at the NexGen 2021+ conference.
AI’s Impact On Businesses And Solution Providers
While most people’s understanding of artificial intelligence is as likely to come from watching science fiction movies such as “Ex Machina,” AI is in reality already an important and growing part of everyone‘s daily lives. And the impact—good or bad—will only continue to grow, said Kevin Surace, futurist, inventor and entrepreneur.
Surace, who has given keynotes on the future of technology at events from conferences to the TED stage to the U.S. Congress, Sunday helped open the NexGen 2021+ conference, held this week in Anaheim, Calif., with a look at how the interactions between AI, the Internet of Things and the cloud not only impact businesses and ordinary citizens but also the solution providers who help their customers navigate the future of technology. The NexGen 2021+ conference is hosted by CRN parent The Channel Company.
Surace early on in his keynote said that he does not have all the answers about the impact of future technology.
“I do not have a crystal ball. All I can do as a ‘futurist,’ all I can do is help us take a little journey together three years, five years, 10 years into the future, maybe 20, and say, with these technologies coming along, what does the future look like for us? What does it look like for our businesses?”
Surace said that some time ago he noted that AI was about to change our lives forever, and the brightest future awaits those who embrace this change with fervor.
“And I really meant it then. And I mean it today. We see people in our industry, in fact in all industries, at the customer level, at the MSP level, saying, ‘Well, artificial intelligence stuff, I don’t know when it’s going impact me, I don’t know how it’s going to.’ Trust me. It can impact you today. It can make money for you today. It can help your customers move forward today.”
Here is what Surace had to say about the future of AI and related technologies.