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"At the ‘Edge’ of the Future"
                              - Mr. Uvais Hassan ( 2019-2023 CSE )

“The future is bright” - these must be the group of words anyone from anywhere related to Computer Science disciple have heard the most in their life. Abacus is told to be the first computer device, but Analytical and Differential engines changed the way the world think about these magical machines. Since then, it has been a journey of the steepest climbs and peaks, but with no gravitational pull to slow it down.

Today the world, be it any department or scope of life, thank the computers for what they have become today. Technology has been evolving exponentially since the first days. Any new technology becomes obsolete within just a few weeks. Such has been the competence in the field.

Artificial Intelligence, the concept that was said to be destined to revolutionize the way machines work for us and effectively change the way world works, started turning more and more heads toward Computer Science field. Realising that it’s probable applications are essentially limitless, investments began pouring in for better research, both in money and mind power. The world started feeling the difference this brought and started benefitting from it.

The concept of Artificial Intelligence or AI was made more feasible with the application of Machine Learning – popularly known as ML – to train the models. This brought a rapid change in efficiency and performance of AI concept in real-life applications. Image and voice recognition tools are evolving at a scary rate. Banks are deploying smarter algorithms every day to detect fraudulent activities. Piece of codes fed with huge chunks of data can predict a heart attack now. The news like DeepMind AI beating chess world champions, AI dominating over champions in competitive games like Dota are proofs for the fact that ML brought an unprecedented influence even in fields like sports and entertainment.

The latest celebrity term in the society is ‘Edge AI’. The idea is to produce efficient equipments or devices that can do the processes and provide services without relying on distant or ‘cloud’ servers. This enables quicker and more effiecient implementation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. IoT catalysed the smartening of the world. It helped connect more and more devices and services together, progressing a step towards a not-too-distant future where everything and everyone is connected to each other, like in some sci-fi movies of today.

Experts began realising the importance of higher bandwidths and low latencies, even though modern machines offered crazy performances. This led to the thinking that IoT devices can deliver better results if it could stop depending too much on cloud servers, which happened due to the adoption of cloud computing technologies by almost everybody in the field. Thus, ‘edge AI’ started becoming popular. Sophisticated smart devices like health monitors can now output results rapidly due to local computation, which can sometimes the difference between a person’s life and death. Low latencies became much more lower. Computaion speeds hit an even higher rate. The market for IoT devices started expanding rapidly and is now predicitng a crazy amount of growth in the near future. Because the applications are endless, more and more creative uses started to be implemented by geniuses all over the world.

As of now, as much as I hate to repeat it, the future is really bright for a young student or enterprenuer. Success will only be limited by our imagination. Every single advancement in modern technolgy is reaping huge benefits for the end user. This is really an exciting time to live in.