This is where the real action in artificial intelligence takes place

(iStock)SAN FRANCISCO — Swarms of journalists lined the halls of a Southern California oceanfront resort recently to see tech luminaries like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk discuss the Gawker case, rocket launches to space, and, Silicon Valley’s obsession du jour, artificial intelligence. But perhaps the real action in artificial intelligence is happening at the Hilton San Francisco, where a much less flashy tech crowd gathered this week. There, hundreds of engineers (2,500 to be precise), geeked out over fireside chats on topics such as “streaming data in real time” and “building accelerators in databases.” The event, called the Spark Summit, brings together the growing number of developers who are working with Spark, perhaps the hottest data-mining software today. One way to understand future of artificial intelligence and how it will transform the economy…


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