Machine learning is not the future-it's here


As 2016 draws to a close, the annual tradition of predicting next year's technology trends is as eagerly anticipated as the exchanging of Christmas gifts. Many will predict, unsurprisingly, that data science and machine learning will be bigger parts of many IT departments' plans. Those CIOs that are yet to adopt such technologies will need to start soon, and those that have experimented with them need to adopt them. What these predictions are likely to lack, however, is exactly how this should be done. Machine learning and AI are now the buzzwords to drop, much like "cloud" and "big data" have been in the past, to the point that they become almost meaningless and derided.