The Rise of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence

According to Forbes, we are on the verge of a very fast technological change. The internet and mobile communications have already changed the world substantially, and with the coming advances, this trend does not seem to be slowing down.

In 1965 Gordon Moore, the co-founder of Intel theorized that processing power should be capable of doubling every 18-24 months. For the next 50 years, Moore’s Law held true. In the process many sectors like biotechnology and robotics saw remarkable innovation. Now, something even more extraordinary is about to happen: Accelerating technologies like artificial intelligence and big data will converge to set off the next major wave of change.

The combination of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence is a very powerful one. Coupling the two could introduce a new way of interacting with technology that we never thought would be possible. When an exponential progression in artificial intelligence meets an exponential progression in big data they start to progress even faster and build on each other.

Like the idea of autonomous robotic cars has always held a special place in sci-fi culture. Good news is the technology is now catching up. In 2009 many luxury brands began introducing assisted cruise control and adaptive lane change software built with endless reams of modelling data. More recently Tesla used big data and artificial intelligence to launch its Autopilot feature. All this points to technology that will become more and more useful as more data is collected, making the idea of truly smart devices a reality.

The most visible types of AI right now are of course Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant. Alphabet is making a lot of progress on the AI front with Google Deep Mind, a system they have developed to make use of big data, that will enable machines to learn about their environment.

With all this going on, its not hard to imagine autonomous robots walking shoulder to shoulder with humans in the not so distant future.



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