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Predictions for 2017 & Beyond: Extraordinary Transformation in AI and Other Innovations

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D Scott Phoenix, American entrepreneur and co-founder of Vicarious (an artificial intelligence research company) is shown early this year at the Berggruen Philosophy & Culture Center Ideas Workshop.

Artificial intelligence is highly touted as the next major technology that will empower the world. It is, as Oscar Wilde puts it, a case of “life imitating art” if you go with innovations like Jarvis from the blockbuster flick Iron Man.

To date, AI has drawn an increasing number of corporate investors who have seen the vital emerging role it plays in their respective industries. AI is known to many as a system that can function much like the human brain, grasping new information, obtaining feedback in sensory manner, and finding creative solutions to problems.

A few years back, entrepreneurs rolled out interesting innovations. Almost simultaneously, several start-up firms had the foresight to realize how science and technology will play a key role in shaping the future. These firms include the California-based artificial intelligence company Vicarious.

Vicarious has received a steady stream of funds from ultra-rich visionaries like Mark Zuckerberg, business magnate-cum-engineer Elon Musk,  and other high-profile entrepreneurs like Peter Thiel, Vinod Khosla, as well as actor Ashton Kutcher.

Top Areas That Will See Extraordinary Transformation

Rounding up some of the areas that will see remarkable transformation in the next 10 years are artificial intelligence research and global connectivity (which is not confined to social media). This new year will undoubtedly be the year of artificial intelligence.

As  science buffs re-tweeted and as Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg himself wrote on his social media page, “In a way, AI is both closer and farther off than we imagine. AI is closer to being able to do more powerful things than most people expect — driving cars, curing diseases, discovering planets, understanding media. Those will each have a great impact on the world, but we’re still figuring out what real intelligence is.”

Heads Up on the Human Brain’s Processing Speed

Also poised to make strides sooner than you think are industries falling in the realm of computer technology. One of the top predictions for the next eight to 10 years is that $1,000 will be able to buy a computer that can calculate 10,000 trillion cycles per second. That is the equivalent processing speed of the human brain.

Much research has been done about the brain and how it processes information. This new year and onwards, the knowledge imparted by scientists may start to really diffuse at an accelerated pace into the machine learning community.  In the meantime, you can expect all creatures of machine learning — from Apple’s Siri to the next wave of AI-enhanced assistants — to further evolve.

A happy, high-tech and intelligent New Year to all!

Photo Source: Berggruen Institute/Flickr

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