I am a long-time Futurist, and technologist. In my career, I have spanned the birth of personal computers, to the rise of Cloud Computing.
People often think of networks as just being there. Always on, always ready what if they were smart?
One way that machine intelligence will impact the world positively is something people don't think about. You didn't forget your mother's birthday, but you better call her. We are talking about the concept of connection. For some reason, the concept of connection has become associated with the concept of the Internet. But I would like to point out that while the Internet is a connection, it is not the only connection you use. You normally make three connections and likely don't even think about them. The first connection is the user interface, you, and your device. The second is the networking layer, where that device connects to whatever network you are using. The third connection is to the destination you are seeking. At the same time, the device is critical because, without a device, there's no point in connecting. The other side is also true; without the connection, there's no point in having a device. The focus of this article is machine intelligence and how it will impact the connections you make.
All the connections we utilize have two distinct components. One is the path, and the other is the route. The path is the actual connection piece. The route is how the technology sitting in the network handles the connections. Many years ago, one of the original tenants of networking or routers was "open the shortest route 1st." That is still the first rule of routers, but as we apply machine intelligence to the network, the shortest route may not be the best. The router takes the information they usually have on their flash memory. It routes the packets of data generated by devices from one place to another. So at this point, let's be very careful and explain the reality of the situation. Again I said the device is critical. There's no question that the more useful the device, the more you use it. But the other side is that the devices are useless without that connection. An online or connected and available data store can be updated instantaneously. You're always going to have the latest and greatest information. An offline store or one on the device must be updated. So that connection is critical.
What we do with the connection becomes the Internet. The Internet exists because of the work of CERN, located in Switzerland. They invented a way for scientists to share information between computers using what is now called the hypertext transfer protocol or HTTP. But, unfortunately, people forget sometimes, or I shouldn't say forget; I should say expect. It is like the light switch you click in your bedroom at night—most people panic when the light doesn't come on. The same is true with your cell phone, tablet, or PC when you try to connect to a website and the website is not there.
Here all of you are now saying wow, thank you for the history lesson, but that has nothing to do with machine intelligence. But in fact, it does. One application of machine intelligence is the concept of application-aware or content-based routing, sometimes called intent-based routing. Finally, there is intelligence-based routing. It has those three names, and it's interesting because all three mean something different. Application-aware routing says if you use an application that the network knows is critical, it will route the packets from the application faster than other applications. Intent-based routing means that the system administrators can create an intent system, which is what we, as the network administrators, do for these applications or content critical. We intend for that content to flow on the network at the highest priority. The last model is intelligence-based routing. A system focused on the ability to understand the information transmitted—both from the location, user, and application perspective. Intelligence-based networks understand what is routed, why it is being routed, and by whom.
The priority of where does everyone want to go to lunch, really isn't that high!
Intelligence systems evaluate the fundamental aspect of a user, information, and importance and develop a portfolio for that person, that location, that application, and the data in the future. Now one of my favorite jokes comes to play, Tom in San Antonio, and sends a group all message hey, where is everyone want to go for lunch? Meanwhile, Alice has discovered something in the company using the available systems that will be a game-changer for the future. Which packet of information is more critical? Alice's, of course. But the reality is today, to most routers, the packets are identical in importance. There is no intent or application awareness or routing of that information. Today some routers will provide a minor tweaking of Tim's group chat, reducing the total bandwidth the chat uses. But in the future, machine intelligence will be able to evaluate those packets. The system will make decisions based on the message. Basing the decision on the criticality of the information is important. Alo considering the nature and intent of the actual message becomes huge. The Intelligent Routing system would reduce Tim's chat to a side channel of the network. Alice's information would then have much more bandwidth than before. That is the power of machine intelligence applied to the connection concept.
Routing and machine intelligence-based routing systems are in place today. More and more networking traffic throughout what we call the Internet is being managed and routed by these systems. Eventually, the network will support several very critical concepts. For example, we had a big problem on a sad day in the past, September 11, 2001. Immediately after the World Trade Center Towers collapsed, so did the cellular network. You see, most of the telecommunications network of that part of New York was in the basement of one of those Towers. When they collapsed, it destroyed the routers. So no one could connect the cell phone call. Including, unfortunately, the first responder that responded to the disaster. That forced the change and invented a system called priority called. A priority calling today requires a specific modification on the device you're carrying. Once we move fully to a machine intelligence-driven network will no longer require first responders have a special bit of software on their phones. The network will be able to route those packets immediately. Specifically routing all first responder traffic and any traffic coming from within whatever disaster the first responders are responding to. Thereby increasing the probability of rescuing people trapped in the rubble. In the future, the network's intelligence will make the information you need more available, more effective, and ultimately more intelligently routed.
The impact of Machine-Intelligence on the connections you make will become critical over time. The network will be smart enough to understand the importance of the information and the call. Ultimately, the network will be able to adjust to providing services at the highest possible level based on that understanding of the criticality of the user, information, and location.
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