Artificial Intelligence

#4 Emerging Artificial Intelligence Trends of 2016

#4 Emerging Artificial Intelligence Trends of 2016
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Entrepreneur Staff
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Many believe Artificial intelligence is a new concept. But in reality it is something that businesses have been trying to implement in key areas. The role of artificial intelligence is to organize operations and improve automation. Some of the biggest international tech giants such as Google, Apple and Microsoft have made announcements related to artificial intelligence this year. In September, a number of companies, including Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM and Microsoft, also launched a Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society to address opportunities with AI technology .

With all the recent advancements to emulate artificial intelligence, given below are the four companies that started using this technology in 2016. 

Meet Jarvis, the home artificial intelligence Assistant:

This month, Mark Zuckerberg announced that he has completed his personal goal for 2016, that is building a home Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistant called Jarvis. He felt the  AI technology is just getting good enough for this to be the basis of a great product, and it will get much better in the next few years. Zuckerberg started off building a Messenger bot to communicate with Jarvis because it was so much easier than building a separate app. He worked throughout the year and building Jarvis was an interesting intellectual challenge for him that gave a direct experience building AI tools in areas that are important for our future.

The First Artificial Intelligence Paper:

Earlier this month, the tech giant Apple made an announcement to start publishing Artificial Intelligence paper of its own. And soon after few weeks on December 22 Apple's first artificial intelligence paper was published by vision expert Ashish Shrivastava and a team of engineers. The paper describes a technique to train computer vision algorithms to recognize objects using synthetic or computer . Titled "Learning from Simulated and Unsupervised Images through Adversarial Training ", the paper was submitted for publication on Nov. 15.

Zo- Microsoft's second try at introducing Chatbot :

The start of 2016 marked the launch of Microsoft's new chatbot Tay which gained a lot of controversies after the users got a lot of racist and abusive comments. As a result of which, it was taken offline after 16 hours. After few months Microsoft came with Zo, a chatbot successor to Tay powered by artificial intelligence. At present, Zo is only available on Kik messenger which is similar to Whatsapp and Facebook messenger. There have been comparisons between Zo and China's Xiaoice, a chatbot that Microsoft made for the Chinese market in 2014.

Amazon Echo And Virtual Assistant Alexa :

Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker that acts as a personal voice assistant. You can connect Echo with Alexa app and tell it to do things like play music, read the news, add items to your to-do lists and tell you the weather.When you want to use the gadget, just say the wake word "Alexa" and Echo responds instantly. Amazon's Echo has grown exponentially this year as Echo and Echo Dot were the best-selling products across Amazon this year .

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