Artificial Intelligence to Assimilate Software Industry

Resistance is futile. Artificial intelligence (AI) is undoubtedly one of the hottest trends in tech today, and over the next few years, it will overtake the software industry, according to IT analyst firm Gartner. But first, it helps to come to grips with what the technology can and cannot do. “AI refers to systems that change behaviors without being explicitly programmed, based on data collected, usage analysis and other observations. While there is a widely held fear that AI will replace humans, the reality is that today’s AI and machine learning technologies can and do greatly augment human capabilities,” stated Gartner. “Machines can actually do some things better and faster than humans, once trained; the combination of machines and humans can accomplish more together than separately.” It’s unsurprising, then, that practically every new software product or service released by 2020 will include AI capabilities, predicted Gartner. Thirty percent of CIOs are expected to make AI one of their top five investment priorities by that same year. AI has enormous potential in the enterprise, but Gartner research vice president Jim Hare warned the IT industry not to blindly follow the hype. “As AI accelerates up the Hype Cycle, many software providers…

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