AI is the new focal point for the world's major companies
【Summary】AI, cloud computing, machine learning and deep learning are the new focal points of high technology. Some of Silicon Valley’s major companies are “reinventing” their core operations and strategies around AI. This is a major step into a new type of business model that transcends “Big Data.”
AI, cloud computing, machine learning and deep learning are the new focal points of high technology. Some of Silicon Valley's major companies are "reinventing" their core operations and strategies around AI. This is a major step into a new type of business model that transcends "Big Data." So much in happening and changing so quickly it's hard to keep pace. Nevertheless, these changes are very real and they will have a tremendous impact on how the world's major companies operate.
"Fei-Fei Li is a big deal in the world of AI. As the director of the Artificial Intelligence and Vision labs at Stanford University, she oversaw the creation of ImageNet, a vast database of images designed to accelerate the development of AI that can ‘see.' And, well, it worked, helping to drive the creation of deep learning systems that can recognize objects, animals, people, and even entire scenes in photos—technology that has become commonplace on the world's biggest photo-sharing sites. Now, Fei-Fei will help run a brand new AI group inside Google, a move that reflects just how aggressively the world's biggest tech companies are remaking themselves around this breed of artificial intelligence.
"Alongside a former Stanford researcher—Jia Li, who more recently ran research for the social networking service Snapchat—the China-born Fei-Fei will lead a team inside Google's cloud computing operation, building online services that any coder or company can use to build their own AI. This new Cloud Machine Learning Group is the latest example of AI not only re-shaping the technology that Google uses, but also changing how the company organizes and operates its business."
Other companies are joining in with the new paradigm. Amazon, Facebook and Twitter are among them. Google Brain is seen as an exemplary model. Microsoft and IBM are being challenged for cloud computing supremacy.
"This includes services not just for image recognition, but speech recognition, machine-driven translation, natural language understanding, and more. Cloud computing doesn't always get the same attention as consumer apps and phones, but it could come to dominate the balance sheet at these giant companies. Even Amazon and Google, known for their consumer-oriented services, believe that cloud computing could eventually become their primary source of revenue. And in the years to come, AI services will play right into the trend, providing tools that allow of a world of businesses to build machine learning services they couldn't build on their own."
Deep neural networks, image and speech recognition will continue to become the building blocks of this exciting new era in technology. For example, we have also been told that "GPU services is to OpenAI, the AI lab established by Tesla founder Elon Musk and Y Combinator president Sam Altman."
As for the workforce of the future, it would behoove parents to get their children involved in calculus, robotics, machine learning, deep learning and also full stack development. The latter refers to careers in which a worker is developing both software and hardware while facilitating the interaction between them.
Anthony C. LoBaido is a journalist, ghostwriter and photographer. He has worked in 53 nations around the world – from Laos to Lebanon, from Belize to Botswana and from Nepal to Namibia. He also published a book on the Kurds. Some of LoBaido’s favorite stories include attending the British Army’s jungle warfare training in Central America, retracing Lawrence of Arabia’s World War I trek through Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, investigating the blood diamonds of Sierra Leone as popularized in the Leonardo DiCaprio film by the same name, meeting “CNN hero” Aki Ra at one of his landmine digs in northern Cambodia, working with Time Magazine’s “Hero of Asia” Lek Chailert on her crusade to assist injured and abused elephants in Southeast Asia, rescuing HIV/Aids throw-away babies in the garbage dumps of Cape Town, South Africa, as well as visiting a leper colony in Myanmar. LoBaido’s articles have been cited by Ivy League universities such as Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania. As a photographer, LoBaido made National Geographic in 2014.
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