Stand-alone computer networks are a thing of the past. Today, distributed networks -- computer networks spread over various, interconnected networks  -- allow organizations to edit and store data on more than one system, providing them with more flexibility and functionality. Moreover, computers that utilize the latest in artificial intelligence (AI) technology automate many of the tasks that business owners just don't have the time to complete themselves. Combining distributed networking and AI will provide these professionals with multiple business benefits.
Distributed networking was once restricted to educational institutions: Mathematicians and scientists used this technology to solve problems and research hypotheses. Today, more businesses are realizing the benefits of distributed networking.
One of the advantages of distributed networking is cost efficiency. Businesses that use more than one computer network can purchase technology -- cloud storage systems, data centers, software, etc. -- from third-party service providers, reducing the need for in-house IT staff. This process, known as infrastructure as a service (IaaS) , also frees up space in cramped, crowded offices: Bulky servers and processing units are kept offsite in a secure location.
As more businesses incorporate distributed networking into their IT models, it's no wonder, then, that this technology will hit $45 billion in revenue by the year 2033 .
Distributed networking and AI are interlinked. Various interconnected networks use computer science machine learning to make smart decisions that benefit business owners who want to increase revenue, improve productivity and automate day-to-day tasks.
Just like distributed networking, AI will grow rapidly over the next 10-20 years. Research suggests that the global AI market will be worth nearly $90 billion by 2025 -- up from $4.8 billion in 2017 .
AI will create more jobs, too. The healthcare sector will benefit the most: Experts predict that AI will create 22 percent more jobs in this industry by 2037 .
Distributed networks leverage blockchain and cryptocurrencies, providing users with more resources and security. Machine learning will expedite multiple blockchain and cryptocurrency processes and automate many of the manual tasks associated with these technologies. Moreover, the cloud will provide users with the storage and processing power they need.
"The logic, commercial value, and societal benefit of a distributed computing system is readily apparent, and any investor should consider apportioning some funds into this space," says Invest in Blockchain .