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AI and Tech: A Resilient Pair Despite Economic Fluctuations

July 10, 2024
Even as certain industry sectors experience economic fluctuations, companies continue to invest in artificial intelligence and advanced technology.

In the context of a global geopolitical slowdown, the artificial intelligence (AI) and technology sectors remain resilient for a few good reasons. For starters, both benefit from significant global advantages, such as relying on international talent and resources rather than being confined to specific regions.

“This global nature allows companies to leverage worldwide resources, maintaining innovation and competitiveness amid geopolitical tensions,” says global electronic component distributor WIN SOURCE. Other drivers include the fact that multinational companies mitigate regional risks by establishing research and development (R&D) centers in diverse locations, plus the demand for AI and technology knows no geographical boundaries.

“Even when geopolitical tensions cause market fluctuations, the global demand for technological innovation remains robust,” WIN SOURCE points out, noting that IDC forecasts global AI spending will reach $110 billion by 2024, effectively demonstrating extensive market demand.

In response to geopolitical risks, the AI and technology sectors increasingly emphasize the diversification and localization of supply chains. “Companies reduce reliance on single markets by establishing supply chain networks and production facilities in multiple countries, enhancing supply chain resilience,” WIN SOURCE says. “Advanced technological tools such as IoT, big data and AI significantly improve supply chain transparency and management efficiency, enabling companies to monitor supply chain status in real time, predict potential disruptions and take swift action to ensure stable supply chain operations.”

Four Reasons AI and Tech are Going Strong

Here are four more reasons AI and tech will likely fare well over the next 6-12 months, despite any economic fluctuations that may occur:

The AI and technology sectors are thriving, primarily due to ongoing technological innovation and broad market applications. According to Grand View Research Inc., the global AI market size in 2023 is estimated to be $196.63 billion, with a projected compound annual growth rate of 36.6% from 2024 to 2030, indicating strong growth potential.

In deep learning and natural language processing, OpenAI’s GPT-4 model has made significant technological advancements, driving the development of emerging applications such as autonomous driving and intelligent assistants. Waymo’s autonomous driving technology has performed exceptionally well in complex urban environments, significantly enhancing traffic safety and efficiency.

The proliferation of 5G technology has further accelerated the adoption of cloud computing and big data. According to GSMA Intelligence (GSMAi), by 2029, 5G connections are expected to account for more than half (51%) of mobile connections. This has accelerated digital transformation for businesses, significantly improving operational efficiency and data analytics capabilities.

Governments around the world are actively promoting technological innovation by providing research support, policy incentives and capital investments, thereby offering robust support for industry development. For instance, the European Union's "Digital Europe Programme" plans to invest 7.5 billion Euros between 2021 and 2027 to support the development and application of digital technologies.

“Overall, the AI and technology sectors demonstrate strong resilience and growth potential amid the global geopolitical slowdown,” WIN SOURCE concludes. “Their applications in healthcare, financial services and intelligent transportation not only drive deep integration and transformative development within these industries but also continuously lead to future innovation and change.”

Tips for Electronics Buyers

In the face of global geopolitical and economic uncertainties, electronics buyers can use several strategies to leverage the growth potential of the AI and technology sectors. They can start by enhancing their knowledge and application of technology by staying updated on the latest developments in AI and advanced technologies. This involves not only understanding the newest AI applications and technology standards but also effectively identifying and sourcing the most promising tech products.

Buyers can also use AI and big data technologies to improve supply chain transparency and efficiency. Predictive analytics and automated systems, enhanced inventory management, demand forecasting and logistics optimization can all help reduce supply chain risks and costs. 

Finally, buyers can focus on compliance and risk management, and stay abreast of changes in data privacy and security regulations, ensuring that all procurement and supply chain activities comply with relevant legal requirements to minimize compliance risks.

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