AI is not as remarkable as it sounds

Artificial intelligence (AI) may conjure up far-fetched ideas of robot assistants, or perhaps an all-seeing presence like HAL 9000, the sentient machine in the movie 2001. But the likelier truth is that AI will come in the form of software running in your data center. And it will be coming very soon: Research firm Gartner predicts that “smart machines” will have a widespread impact on business within the next four years. In general terms it’s likely that AI will be able to help IT departments do their job – and help businesses be more productive – by ensuring that “processes get applied, stuff is accurate, errors are eliminated, and compliance is met,” according to Dr Stuart Anderson, a research fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of…


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