If you are interested in machine intelligence, you are indeed living in exciting times. The first wave’s recent success stories are widespread knowledge now, such as IBM’s Watson, Google’s self-driving car, and Apple’s Siri. The next wave looks likely to be more focused applications solving specific issues.
Business interest in machine intelligence continues to pick up as the practical applications become more evident (and achievable). Many technologies are becoming mainstream, such as ‘Big Data’ tools and Google’s TensorFlow open source machine learning platform. Some commentators on TensorFlow feel this shows that we are “at the end of the beginning“.
So far, many of the innovations have been experimental, but we are now starting to see the companies behind them mature in how they bring them to market.