Machine learning, artificial intelligence and automation set to bring a ‘decade of disruption’, technology experts warn

Date: June 5, 2017 Published by

  • Scotland’s dominant industries are failing to prepare for an era of profound disruption, technology experts have warned.
  • They are predicting a “decade of disruption” as machine learning, artificial intelligence and automation overtake service and people-based roles.
  • Accountants Grant Thornton and transformation consultancy This Is Milk, which recently organised a debate on the subject, are calling for greater collaboration between political and business leaders to prepare for the forthcoming changes.
  • They want the debate over Scotland’s economic prospects to have less focus on politics, where Brexit and a potential second independence referendum dominate the agenda.
  • By embracing new technology and using it to empower our business strategies, there’s an opportunity to develop a completely new, sustainable economy that benefits us all.”

    Her firm and Grant Thornton are urging increased investment in digital readiness as thousands of traditional careers will be made redundant, with a shortage of skills in new tech-focused roles.