Trends to watch: AI, metaverse, and moonshot investments

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    Gartner recently released its top 10 strategic predictions for 2023. Three things stand out for him, according to Alaa Bawab, general manager of the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, Lenovo Infrastructure Solutions Group.

    An analyst firm predicts that from now to 2027, fully virtual workspaces will account for 30% of growth in enterprise investment in metaverse technology, “reimagining” the office experience.

    We also anticipate growing awareness of the environmental impact of artificial intelligence (AI) and investor appetite for speculative investments in so-called “moonshot” technologies.

    Gartner warns that by 2025, without sustainable AI practices, AI will consume more energy than human labor, significantly offsetting carbon zero benefits.

    Bawab says that building and maintaining AI models requires a huge amount of processing power, which puts increasing demands on infrastructure.

    According to a Gartner report, techniques are emerging to reduce the energy consumption of machine learning. For example, from CO2 offset schemes and asset recovery services, to liquid cooling technology in data centers and smarter software that shuts down components when not in use.

    By 2025, without sustainable AI practices, AI will consume more energy than human labor


    “What is certain is that we cannot turn our backs on AI technology. We need AI to derive insights from this data, which is critical in solving many of the ‘big problems’ facing humanity,” Bawab says.

    “Just as AI helped unlock many of the key breakthroughs during the COVID-19 pandemic, it will also have an impact in meeting future challenges, including climate change. AI’s capabilities may well exceed its carbon footprint.”

    Gartner predicts that the fully virtualized workplace will account for 30% of growth in enterprise metaverse technology investment. In some advanced organizations, the metaverse even replaces the office.

    But Bawab said adoption of the necessary technology is still in its early stages.

    “We are in the early stages of adopting metaverse technologies, and in terms of the evolution of the World Wide Web, we are about the same as in the mid-90s. is work, not play.

    “Some of this technology is already in its infancy. Augmented VR training solutions will be a key driver of the adoption of the Metaverse technology, which will act as a ‘job simulator’ like today’s flight simulators.” This technology is already in use and through virtual workplaces and conference rooms in the metaverse he paves the way for wider adoption of the technology,” he adds.

    It’s work, not play, that drives widespread adoption of metaverse technology.

    Alaa Bawab, Lenovo.

    Bawab believes these 3D virtual environments can enhance collaboration and productivity, and take the employee experience to the next level. This helps businesses attract and retain talent and improve access to data intelligence to make better decisions.

    “As adoption of this technology becomes more widespread, businesses will need to invest in physical infrastructure to enable the new virtual world. The metaverse needs the ability to process data quickly and in real time. There will be more focus on enhancing network connectivity and reducing latency, where computing plays a key role,” he says.

    More data centers will be needed to support data transfer and storage as part of metaverse communications, he adds.

    According to, Moonshot is “an ambitious, exploratory and ground-breaking project that will likely fully explore potential risks and benefits, with no guaranteed short-term profitability or gains.” It is done without

    Gartner predicts that “moonshot” speculative investments will become a viable alternative to traditional R&D spending, with shareholder support for such investments doubling by 2025.

    “Leaders take advantage of uncertainty and disruption to seize opportunities for growth by leveraging new and unknown mindsets, capabilities and skills.”

    Bawab believes these investments will be driven by data and innovative thinking about how business functions and IT work together. he points out lenovo research Percentage of board-level executives showing a strong appetite for data investments.

    “Organizations should look to leverage improved automation, AI, analytics, storage capabilities, and practices to make running today’s demanding workloads more sustainable,” he concludes. attached.


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