Technology is advancing rapidly, now faster than ever. It may seem to many that researchers are now trying to implement Artificial Intelligence in almost every kind of object. This however is not entirely true. Those of us who have been working in the field of Artificial Intelligence for long, know that since decades it has been a fundamental element of many systems and that it took different shapes and forms as it envolved.

Artificial Intelligence is not the only prominent technology, many other concepts play an important role in new developments: Advanced IoT, Disruptive ICT, Edge Computing, Fog Computing, Cloud Computing, Blockchain, Internet of Value, Industry 4.0, Smart Cities, Smart Homes, Smart Grid, Connected Vehicle, Big Data, Reinforcement Learning, Social Computing, Natural Language Processing, etc. From distributed computing we moved on to cloud computing and now a new concept called fog computing has been introduced. Distributed computing facilitates access to data, information and processing in networks, and distributes processes between our computers. The cloud makes it easier for users to access computer services over the Internet, so they can have a terminal with no processing power and run their applications on the Internet. Where? Somewhere on the planet.
The fog computing technology is related to cloud and IoT (Internet of Things). This technology makes it possible to use the processing capacity of large computers and any other device that is close to us and is connected to the Internet. Its aim is to optimize, reduce costs and use all the small hardware that is available. The current challenge is the implementation of this technology, which will allow us to obtain a higher return on our investments in devices, as well as access the large computer systems that are available to us.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Universidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.

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