Three reasons why AI is taking off right now (and what you need to do about it)

Machine intelligence will soon be pervasive and cheap to use. Image: iStock Three factors are combining to create a tipping point after which the use of artificial intelligence will become commonplace. According to the Leading Edge Forum – the research arm of tech vendor CSC – while there is still plenty of work to do, the three main ingredients needed for AI to take off are now in place: Big Data: Large unstructured data sets are handy for training powerful machine intelligence and there are now plenty of these around. Initiatives such as language translation and image, facial, activity and emotion recognition – are based on predictive analytics that get more accurate as the data behind them gets richer. And the rise of big data – and social media in…


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