We’re all familiar with cautionary tales such as The Terminator in which artificial intelligence (AI) develops full sentience and aims to destroy and replace its human creators. While I strongly urge a note of caution towards AI and machine learning (ML) I also trust that readers of this blog are able to discern fact from science fiction. Most people’s fears of AI and ML are borne out of a misunderstanding regarding what these technologies actually are.

The best ways to solidify your IT career are well documented and widely known. Networking, learning a new programming language and updating your skills are all helpful approaches to building a strong career. But what about the hidden dangers that can wipe your career like a hard drive? We’re talking about silent job-killers, tech pitfalls and not so obvious dangers? What are they and how can you avoid them?

Customers are benefitting from in-home smart technologies and digital assistants like never before. According to a recent survey conducted by Accenture, almost 90 percent of respondents indicated that they welcomed the chance to interact with digital assistants such as Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa. Almost 80 percent of respondents say they would like AI to help them learn about new products. Accenture’s results show how digitally savvy consumers have become and how willing they are to embrace smart technologies.