Intelligent robots in the workplace and grocery ordering fridges at home by 2022 - survey
Irish tech experts believe that intelligent robots will be in the workplace within the next five years, as firms continue to embrace digital transformation.
According to the results of a Comtrade Digital Services survey, 56pc of IT leaders (of 133 respondents) can see this change in companies here by 2022.
"In order to succeed in today’s business environment, Irish enterprises need to embrace transformative technologies and innovate quickly," Viktor Kovacevic, Vice President and General Manager, Comtrade Digital Services, said.
"These predictions come from the people leading Irish businesses’ IT operations and show that there is clearly a lot of change occurring, which can benefit both consumers and the overall business landscape."
The results revealed that over three quarters (76pc) of Irish firms now use artificial intelligence (AI) or data analytics to inform their key decisions. But critical business decisions are still considered by human employees, with only 10pc believe that AI is more effective in such cases.
"The use of data analytics and artificial intelligence by most Irish organisations is great to see. Decisions are factually based and can be made in real time – something that is vital for business success today," said Mr Kovacevic.
"Most people still favour human intelligence over artificial intelligence, however I expect we will see a shift in mind-sets as AI becomes more widespread and trusted."
The survey also found that 50pc of respondents expect driverless cars to make their way to Ireland in the next five years - and 74pc expecting smart fridges capable of ordering groceries being available in the same time frame.
"Intelligent robots and other transformative technologies will soon be at the forefront of innovation and increasingly, they will be available in the home and in the workplace. Forward-thinking Irish businesses have the opportunity to embrace this change and in turn reap the many benefits they afford," said Mr Kovacevic.
Other future technologies that IT professionals believe will be available in Ireland by 2022 include drone deliveries (63pc), intelligent robots in the home (38pc) and 3D printed foods (16pc).