Artificial intelligence is the future

Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies is flourishing

Mahesha Godekere

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The market for Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies is flourishing. Artificial intelligence is rapidly coming of age, survived the hype and poised to transform businesses and industries globally.

Gartner says AI technologies will be in almost every new software product by 2020. Billions of dollars are invested in new AI developments. IDC estimated that the AI market will grow from $8 billion in 2016 to more than $47 billion in 2020.

Renowned AI scholar Andrew Ng said AI is the new Electricity! He said if a task takes you less than one second of thought, a machine can probably do it. Such is the power of AI. To stay competitive, organisations need AI specialists now. To satisfy this high global demand for skilled professionals in the field AI, most developers need to re-skill to survive AI tsunami!

What is artificial intelligence?

Gone are the days when developers program computers to develop products and services. In a traditional programming, a developer writes instructions for computers using various programming languages while developing products and services. With Artificial Intelligence, developers don’t write instructions instead they train computers.

For example, if the use case is to recognise a Lily flower in a image as shown below, developers don’t program computers to look for features of Lily flower in an image. Instead they simply show thousands and thousands of photos of a ‘Lilly’ flowers to train the computer to recognise a Lily flower.

Lily Training Data. Courtesy Google Images

If the computer misclassify Lily flower as Rose flower, developer don’t fix code, instead they keep training the computer.

Google Lens App: Flower recognition feature using AI

Marc Andreessen said, Software is eating the world, but AI is eating software said Nvidia CEO. Yes, there is a need for vast amounts of data to power AI systems. Thanks to smartphones boom and affordable internet access, most of the organisations are sitting on this huge smartphone behavioural data. This data is used to build AI systems.

AI is not new. It’s been around for decades mostly as academic research. Sophisticated faster network of computers are needed to train AI systems. The rise of cloud computing, deep neural networks, massively distributed computational systems, Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), and Google’s Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) aid AI to flourish.

As the AI attains newer level, more organisations are embracing AI by creating different processes, tool sets empowering developers to develop and deploy AI in more complex areas of business domain.

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