Why is now the time for artificial intelligence?

Artificial intelligence, or A.I., has been around since the start of computing and has had many false starts. The reality did not live up to the expectations set by science fiction. Accordingly, for many years, the majority of people’s understanding of A.I. was confined to university laboratories, corporate skunk works, research parks, and that movie with Haley Joel Osment and Jude Law. Attempts to introduce A.I. products and services into the marketplace and for the broader benefits of society were ill-fated. Computing power was insufficient, and the abundance of structured data — let alone a knowledge of what to do with said data — was not yet upon us. A.I. has been on the cusp of the mainstream for the past 40 years, but 2016 is the year it’s become…


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