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Artificial Intelligence Slowly Getting Real

While the traditional belief is that AI will provide a substitute to human work, my prediction is that there will be an increasing range of applications where AI augments human work instead of replacing it.

AI capabilities will be increasingly utilized in a healthcare setting to enable better decisions by clinicians and significantly improve preventive medicine for patients.

You will see a focus on delivering successful business applications. Many leading companies have started dabbling in AI and business leaders will want to start seeing dividends from these investments.

Major brands will start building AI-powered interactions to increase their sales with a conversational experience.

Rather than pursuing a “blank slate” AI solution requiring a knowledge base and training to understand a business environment, we’re seeing investment in pre-loaded, industry-specific AI products with relevant knowledge.

It seems apparent that Artificial Intelligence will put a focus on personalized nanomedicine such that we can always have real-time, relevant health metrics bundled with strategies for improvement.

AI will be given more latitude to take initiatives by itself to provide suggestions for improving business outcomes and efficiency.

The most important change I see coming is the achievement of artificial neural systems that emulate human sentience, allowing them the motivation and free will to solve extremely complex problems.

I’m beta testing an AI assistant software; many useful applications, but still a lot of “handholding”. AI is far from communicating across multiple mediums and adapting without active human guidance.

Exciting times are ahead now that Microsoft made the brains behind Cortana AI’s CNTK software open sourced. Opening it up to the public will drive innovations at a much faster pace.

Consumer interaction with everyday products will be redefined completely through a proliferation of digital assistants across physical devices, apps and messaging channels and “smart” devices with anticipatory capabilities.

AI will improve efficiency and safety on the roads with self-driven cars. It won’t be adopted by the masses yet but it will slowly get there.

AI will shift how people hire talent. Machines have the ability to find robust, high-quality connections between two sides of the proverbial business table, which pays off in effectiveness and efficiency in the end.

With Social media investing heavily in ‘AI and ‘deep science’, it will become far more personalized and targeted, as a result mass marketing would be a thing of past.

Honestly, you’re not going to see much happen with AI in the next few quarters, tech moves fast, but not that fast, and we’re on the cusp of AI now.

The smartest AI developed today is still as smart as young puppies. That said, we will start to see more complex work automation that wasn’t possible before.

We’ll see the rise of specialized AI over general AI tools, especially in the legal and medical domains. Also, many of today’s “hot” AI companies will die or get acquired.

The next generation of Artificial Intelligence is to truly mimic human thinking – using neural networks to make decisions in real time, with contextual adjustments, with limited data sets and provide the “why” for those choices.

Over the next couple of quarters, AI will be integrated with processed Big Data. It’ll be smarter and more informed to make better signals/ decisions in more uncertain and complex environment.

The next explosion in AI will be in the humanities, where AI partners with artists to help them become more expressive and creatively successful.

There’s more to be done around using AI techniques to improve the capabilities of human analysts for automating simpler tasks, and providing support for the more complex parts of threat analysis.

The biggest breakthrough will not be technical, but in business logic: using AI to augment humans – making them more productive instead of replacing them, thus making human-powered businesses scalable.

Artificial Intelligence will define the future of work. In 2016, the pace at which enterprises more widely adopt AI to replace manual, repetitive tasks will rapidly increase.

AI will give business a competitive edge over traditional manual processing technologies. Results are available in minutes instead of weeks or months.