Eric Schmidt says artificial intelligence is ‘starting to see real progress’

(Win McNamee/Getty Images) Tweet Share Eric Schmidt is all in on artificial intelligence. In an op-ed for the BBC, the highly opinionated Google — and soon to be Alphabet — chairman wrote that we’re closer than ever before to true artificial intelligence, and that continued research into its development will have positive side effects that will benefit the public. In his piece, Schmidt notes that AI-related research hit an inflection point a few years ago, after a team led by Geoff Hinton, a leader in artificial neural networks, was able to dramatically improve on speech recognition, and helped improve Google’s efforts by 25 percent, a jump that would’ve taken years of research. Schmidt also noted that consumer interest in technologies that could actively solve real-world issues gave way to increased…


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