Artificial Intelligence Primer, David Kelnar published this excellent post on artificial intelligence.

The last 10 years have been about building a world that is mobile-first. In the next 10 years, we will shift to a world that is AI-first.” (Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, October 2016)

Having witnessed the scope of AI-based projects referenced at 2016’s Intel Software Developer Conference, it’s hard to argue. The range of disciplines that have been revolutionised in the last couple of years by deep learning is deeply impressive. Step changes in speech recognition and image classification have been shown and there’s massive potential for development in other areas such as medical diagnosis. Here’s what Deep Mind Medical have to say:

We think that machine learning technology, a type of artificial intelligence, can bring huge benefits to medical research. By using this technology to analyse medical data, we want to find ways to improve how illnesses are diagnosed and treated. Our goal is to help clinicians to give faster, better treatment to their patients and all our research work is done in collaboration with doctors and professional healthcare researchers.

There could be very few jobs that remain untouched by artificial intelligence in the coming years, but hopefully there’ll still be plenty of programming jobs.

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