Artificial Intelligence, As Artificial As We Think?

Mobile technological innovations such as Siri, the iPhone’s digital assistant, Google’s latest Google Home product, or, Alexa, the smart home hub introduced by Amazon, are, to most people, the limits of today’s Artificial Intelligence (AI). These technologies have irrevocably transformed our day-to-day living. They are now entrenched in most aspects of our personal and professional lives. Electronic calendars prevent us from missing important appointments; fitness trackers can effortlessly measure our steps and workout goals; Skype translators can break down language barriers; and efforts to introduce self-driving vehicles incrementally are making waves in the automotive industry, changing the way we drive forever. Today’s hype around AI is now stronger than ever. For the first time though, there is now capital backing up this hype. According to CB Insights, in 2016 global funding for AI start-ups was $5bn, nearly nine times higher than in 2012, with the business community collectively having woken up, smelt the coffee and paying attention. Having transcended merely being the talk of the town in the tech industry, today’s advances in artificial intelligence have gone beyond what many would have thought possible. For example, the algorithms of the world’s largest social media site, Facebook, can now track and…

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