From time to time, the Singularity Hub editorial team unearths a gem from the archives and wants to share it all over again. It's usually a piece that was popular back then and we think is still relevant now. This is one of those articles. It was originally published August 10, 2010. We hope you enjoy it!
Interviewed at innovation Day, Cambridge Consultants' Head of Artificial Intelligence, Tim Ensor, discusses how businesses can approach the challenge of deploying AI. Tim introduces the concepts of Minimum Viable Intelligence and continuous learning to improve AI performance. One area or particular interest is teaching a system to have a human-like sense of intuition, so that they perform better in the highly complex challenges that face businesses today. So today we've been talking about understanding and harnessing the potential of AI, most interested in that latter part, so where does a business begin harnessing the potential of AI? Tim: So it's an important topic and lots of people who we speak to are trying to grapple with that, and so we're proposing an approach which is very much wrapped up with this idea of Minimum Viable Intelligence. So as you can imagine from that phrase its borrowing some of the ideas from agile software development, but the fundamental idea is that you build and develop your initial version of an AI system with enough capability that you can launch something, get that into the market and deliver some value for customers.
No other technology was more important over the past decade than artificial intelligence. Stanford's Andrew Ng called it the new electricity, and both Microsoft and Google changed their business strategies to become "AI-first" companies. In the next decade, all technology will be considered "AI technology." And we can thank deep learning for that. Deep learning is a friendly facet of machine learning that lets AI sort through data and information in a manner that emulates the human brain's neural network.
The Darren Aronofsky film Pi features a mathematician with the uncanny ability to perform complex arithmetic in his head. Notwithstanding his talent, he uses a computer to make stock predictions. In one scene, after recognizing a predictive pattern in a 216-digit output, the character becomes so overwhelmed that he passes out. This scenario is science fiction, but computers have long had greater processing power than humans. When used to build artificial intelligence (AI), as its datasets grow, so does a computer's advantage.
"Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured." At the time of the tweet, AP's account had around two million followers. The post was favourited, retweeted, and spread. At 13:13, AP confirmed the tweet was fake. Three minutes later, then-White House press spokesman, Jay Carney, confirmed that there had been no explosion and that the president was alive and well.