Artificial Intelligence: what the predictions for 2019 are?

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After a recent meeting with one of our key publishers, our belief in Artificial Intelligence is even stronger than before. Having done a search on the keyword “artificial intelligence” on Google Trends, it is evident that people are increasingly interested in “Googling” the meaning of it. Yet how many of us know who first came up with the idea behind AI (Artificial Intelligence)?

“OK Google”: What is AI?

As mentioned in a recent blog, AI can be credited to a British grad student named Geoff Hinton in 1970, who created some basic mathematical models in order to identify how human brains understand the world.

  • When a machine simulates human behaviour and is able to execute an order
  • When a machine has become intelligent enough to think and react like a human without relying on programming by a human

After some decades of not being massively known, AI picked up again in when Geoff Hinton set up a start-up company which was later (within months) acquired by Google. AI is improving day by day without anyone being able to predict how far it can go, but the main concept behind it is to build machines that can react and behave like humans. From my point of view, nothing can amount to a human being, but we – as human beings – have come to build machines that are able to support us by working even more efficiently than we can. In this sense, we could perhaps separate AI in two categories:

Nowadays, pretty much all industries make use of AI, more particularly in the healthcare, finance and engineering sectors, as well as in education, albeit used in a different way for the latter. AI has helped multiple stakeholders towards different purposes, for instance:

  • Companies: Usage of AI systems to avoid fraud, predict and react for upcoming faults
  • Consumers: AI has permeated our daily modern lives in the form of electronic devices that can assist us at home, work or even on the road (autonomous / driverless cars)
  • Researchers: AI is integrated into commercial, industry and health care fields, with AI systems and other machine-learning software being a pivotal contributor to going above and beyond human limitations

Undoubtedly, the 21st century invention of AI has become a buzzword in 2018, with companies across sectors trying to come up to speed with both its concept and practical implementation in order to increase their efficiencies and remain competitive in an ever-evolving online economy. The technology is only projected to develop in the years and decades to come, as the quest for machines coming one step closer to human understanding and creativity continues to be an imperative need.

There a lot of things we would like to discuss regarding AI, such as:

A) How education will be affected by the development of this technology
B) To what extent AI failed to reach its projected expectations in 2018
C) What the predictions for 2019 are

Do you have any AI-related questions you would like to get answered? Are you planning on attending any webinars, workshops or conferences to discover more about AI?

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