By Larry K. Williams, TAG president and CEO

Technology today is evolving at what seems like the speed of light, enabling change at a scale. As the year quickly comes to a close, the world is already directing its attention to the innovations 2023 will bring. Here are some of the trends I plan on keeping an eye on in the new year:

Artificial intelligence has played an essential role in making our world smarter and more efficient and will only become more prevalent in 2023 with natural language processing and machine learning advancement. Routine tasks are predicted to be automated by AI in almost every industry, including manufacturing, human resources, marketing and more.

Companies are also expanding capital investments in automation. In fact, the worldwide industrial robotics industry is predicted to reach $88.5 billion by 2030, almost tripling its value compared to 2021. Attention is rapidly shifting towards “cobots,” or robots that work alongside humans, in an effort to replace laborious and often unsafe activities.

According to a recent McKinsey report, as advanced connectivity become broadly available through 5G/6G cellular networks, low-Earth-orbit (LEO) satellite-based communications and other technologies, industries will find innovative use cases. I’m particularly interested in seeing applications to bridge the digital divide and level the playing field.

And, while the global pandemic accelerated digital business, it also accelerated the rate and severity of cybersecurity threats. Gartner has reported that cybersecurity mesh, a defense strategy that enables a distributed enterprise to deploy security where it’s most needed, will lead the information security sector.

I look forward to seeing the technology community in Georgia and beyond break new ground in the year ahead.