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October 20, 2015

Self-writing AI software in the next IoT evolution

C-level Briefing: Jonathan Davidson, GM, Juniper Networks development and innovation, argues that the IoT focus needs to be on people.

By Joao Lima

Davidson thinks that the next stage in the evolution of the Internet of Things will have to revolve around people, introducing to CBR a brand new buzzword – the Internet of People and Purpose.

Davidson said: "Internet of People and Purpose is the counterpoint to IoT. We, as technologists, love technology that is who we are, but sometimes we get a bit too carried away with technology and we forget about why we are building the technology."

He said that the IoT is ‘only useful if if it has a purpose, such as monitoring heartbeats for health.

"Things do not mean anything. Things are disposable. IoT needs to have a purpose and it needs to be built for people."

Davidson also said that one of the main problems with technology is that the industry is throwing too many solutions out to the market.

"[The industry] does not know what to stick with versus trying to solve specific problems to help people solve difficulties in their daily lives."

According to Davidson, there is also a broader purpose of trying to understand what the IoT is actually going to do for us, as human beings, and that that factor ‘is really what we need to be thinking about.’

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"We spend such a significant amount of time managing infrastructure when you can do that in such a much more efficient way."

To achieve that efficiency, it is necessary that the industry works on ways to keep the Internet of People and Purpose on all the time.

"Today we are actually building micro services and these micro services are very contained pieces of software where we can actually test these micro services a thousand times more effectively than we could with huge pieces of software.

"When we think about things 50 years far from now, I can only imagine, software built to test itself, self-healing software. Based upon the advances of AI, software may well be writing itself at that point.

"We simply will need to ask for a thing, and the software will create that for us."

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