The rise of sentient tools: deep implications lie ahead for the global workforce.

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Tools only complement labor as they are not complex enough to mimic human consciousness, finds Frost & Sullivan's Visionary Innovation team.

The quantum technological leaps in artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, Smart Cities, cloud intelligence, robotics and intelligent mobility have set the stage for sentient tools to explode onto the global market. These tools are aware of and can learn from their surroundings and users, and mark the next step in the evolution of computational systems.

As social machines that can communicate and interact with their environment instead of simply being performers of rote tasks, sentient tools can bring about a sea change in labour-intensive industries. The sectors that will be most affected by this disruptive technology include travel/mobility, transport, defense, manufacturing, medical, construction, agriculture, customer service, finance, information and communication, and smart cities.

"Stakeholders looking to integrate automated technology into their value chain are most likely to invest in sentient tools, as they enhance efficiency and productivity while maintaining lean operations," said Frost & Sullivan Visionary Innovation Research Analyst Yash Mukherjee. "For this integration to be seamless, organisations have to upgrade the skill sets of their existing labor force."

The Coming Age of Sentient Tools is part of Frost & Sullivan's Visionary Innovation (Mega Trends) Growth Partnership Subscription. The insight reveals that while sentient tools have been molded by advances in...

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