March 27, 2015

Technology Trends: Artificial Intelligence

As computers’ systems and capabilities expand, artificial intelligence (AI), or intelligence exhibited by computers, is finding a stronger foothold in the technology community; investors pumped funds into 16 start-up AI companies in 2014, compared with only two in 2010. AI seems to hold promise for the future, but some are concerned about our ability to control the cognitive capability of these super computers. Steven Hawking and other esteemed scientific and technology public figures have expressed concern over the advancement of AI. Will AI help us or harm us?

Artificial Intelligence is Almost Ready for BusinessHarvard Business Review

AI is positioned to match its hype, with more digital infrastructure than ever available to give AI the boost it needs to be successful on the market. With large growth in Big Data, and a growing need to analyze and evaluate such data for patterns that can be used to gain competitive advantage, industries from health care to financial services are beginning to see a promising future for machines to fill this role. 

The AI Resurgence: Why Now?Wired

In late 2014, nearly half a billion dollars was invested in the AI industry. With the prevalence of mobile personal assistants, like Siri, the public is generally more ready for AI. With more advanced computer systems that have increased human-like abstraction abilities, and the decreased cost of running these programs on cloud services, AI is poised to play a much larger role in personal and corporate arenas. 

Steve Wozniak: ‘Computers Are Going to Take Over From Humans’ – Business Insider

Joining the list of technology executives who have expressed their concern over AI advancement, Steve Wozniak, cofounder of Apple, stated that he agrees with others, such as Bill Gates and Elon Musk, who say that the general public should be concerned about the rate at which AI could outsmart the humans it is meant to serve. 

Artificial Intelligence Could Have Prevented the Germanwings CrashForbes

Jeff Hawkins, inventor of the Palm Pilot and cofounder of the machine intelligence company Numenta, suggests that automated control systems could have prevented the Germanwings tragedy. Using AI that is developed to learn based on a Hierarchical Temporal Memory (HTM) model, which processes events in real-time, machines could scan for and detect any sort of abnormality in a plane’s flight path. 

Google’s Deep Mind Artificial Intelligence Unit Joins Cancer Fight with NanotechnologyLondon Evening Standard

Google X, a separate branch of the main organization, also has its hat in the artificial-intelligence ring. The technology giant purchased London-based AI start-up Deep Mind in 2014, which is working on the cure for cancer through nanotechnology. The technology would be used to help “turn off” cancer cells. This project is just one among many that Google has been working on in the health industry.