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500 Business Leaders Reveal 2017’s Tech Trends

Half Say Artificial Intelligence Will Take a Front Seat

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Jan 24, 2017) – When it comes to new technology, 46% of business leaders said they thought artificial intelligence would be the biggest trend of 2017. This prediction may already be coming to fruition, as already this year, a Japanese insurance firm announced it would be replacing 34 employees with an artificial intelligence system designed to calculate pay-outs.

Other predicted trends included advanced 3D printing using new materials like ceramics and metals, with 44% of tech company ‘presidents’ saying this would be the biggest trend of the year. A fifth of respondents (19%) said drones would become more prominent over the next 12 months, and with companies such as Amazon already planning to roll out drone delivery services, this may also soon be a reality.

The business leaders that were surveyed also told us where they thought the future US tech hotspots would be. Over half (51%) of the respondents said Chicago had the most potential to ramp up their tech offering this year, with the following cities also making the list:

  • Chicago 51%
  • Houston 47%
  • Boston 43%
  • Denver 36%
  • Philadelphia 31%
  • Dallas 28%
  • Detroit 25%
  • Omaha 10%

Jack Cullen, president of Modis commented:

“Chicago is set to see an impressive growth in tech jobs over the next decade. Network engineer positions are predicted to get a 17% boost in numbers in the city, which is perhaps, in part, due to the city’s rapidly expanding population, growing at the fastest rate of any large city in the country."
“Denver, on the other hand, which was the fourth most popular choice for the business leaders we surveyed, may actually be a better prediction. By 2024, Colorado is predicted to have seen a 20% rise in the number of computer programming jobs in the area, the third best of any state in the country. Keep an eye on Denver!”

For an infographic summarizing the data, please visit the Modis blog here.

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Mary Beth Waddill
Adecco Group North America – Modis