(Microsoft) You’ve seen it in the movies: super smart robots finally come to the conclusion that we humans are making a mess of things. Still think that’s the stuff of science fiction? Maybe, but we’re certainly seeing some amazing advances in the field of Artificial Intelligence (or AI to us techies). We’re building machines that are smarter than we are, that can do our jobs for us, and that we will very soon come to depend on to maintain our technology-saturated lifestyles.
With so much going on in the world of AI, we are becoming all but desensitized to the technology. So let’s pause for a moment and look at the slightly creepy, but really cool advances taking place in AI today.
Microsoft’s Big Investment in AIMicrosoft’s recent investment in a 5,000+ AI team shows how real the opportunity is. With rapid progress in speech recognition and computer vision technologies over the past 5 years alone, AI is considered by many to be the “holy grail” of computer science. At Ignite, Microsoft announced this new group that will include Microsoft Research along with the company’s Information Platform Group, Bing and Cortana product groups, as well as members from the Ambient Computing and Robotics teams. This new group of computer scientists and engineers will help accelerate the evolution of AI making it more accessible and valuable to everyone.
Creepy but Cool AI FactsAt the recent Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, Satya Nadella presented a Keynote, that took a closer look at predicted trends in AI. Here are just a few of the statistics Gartner has presented on the subject.
The Promise of a Better TomorrowIt’s not just businesses who are leveraging this technology. AI is providing scientists with an in-depth look at our own psychology with experiments in simulated mental illness and teachable treachery. The sheer potential for disruptive innovation due to AI is mind boggling, and it’s clear that we are not holding back. Applied AI and advanced machine learning are projected to result in a whole spectrum of intelligent implementations, from physical devices (think robots, self-driving cars, and clever consumer electronics) to apps and services which are smarter than you are.