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AI demystified

Posted: 18 May 2017
A newly released infographic by Callaghan Innovation breaks through the hype and intrigue around artificial intelligence to raise awareness of the opportunity this extraordinary technology is creating, writes National Network Manager Jonathan Miller

There is a lot of AI action in Aotearoa this year. Yes, Artificial Intelligence is a red-hot topic. Many-a-talk at Tech Week last week featured the topic of AI somewhere in the mix.  Here is a snapshot of some of what is happening within New Zealand this year:

  • The AI Forum is launching its important mission to challenge New Zealand “to seriously and swiftly embrace artificial intelligence (AI) as an extraordinary opportunity and challenge for the country’s future”
  • At the recent Auckland AI Meetup, hundreds of punters attended to hear IBM Watson expert Joshua Carr talk about that platform
  • Minter Ellison and Goat Ventures have launched an NZ$2m joint venture to take AI to the law
  • The exciting Kiwi AI venture Soul Machines (founded by Mark Sagar) has raised US$7.5m in a series A round
  • Leading NZ tech business leaders (such as Rod Drury) have been bullish about the importance of AI in their companies’ future
  • Callaghan Innovation has seen a small host of start-ups with AI-based value propositions launching into the market

Layered on top of all this is a decent dollop of AI-related media hype. Fair enough; there are some intriguing stories based on comments by thought leaders such as Stephen Hawkings and Elon Musk. But the hype, I believe, contributes to some misunderstanding about exactly what AI is - and what you can and cannot do with it.

It’s with this in mind that Callaghan Innovation has released an infographic about AI. It aims to demystify the topic. It does this by differentiating between AI technologies that are ready to be used right now versus AI technologies that will be ready in the future. We want to help give NZ businesses some confidence to engage with the topic of AI and to incorporate it into their R&D strategy.

The real sizzle with AI right now is machine learning and deep learning. We want to help companies take advantage of the amazing innovation that is possible with these technologies and those that become commercially ready in the near future. 

Watch this space for my next blog on Machine Learning. Contact me on Twitter @jonomiller.

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