What's New in AI?


Artificial Intelligence is all the rage, gaining attention from businesses across almost every sector. But, even as news of new developments continues to come forward, it can be challenging to shift through all of the reports to get at the core of what is happening in AI. With that in mind, here is a review of some of the latest and greatest entering the sector, and what it can mean for you.

Accessible Options

While most businesses have their eyes on AI, few have begun to implement systems that use the technology. This is predominately due to the fact that these applications require a highly specialized skill set that isn’t easily obtained nor is highly available. But new frameworks in development, such as Facebook’s and Howdy’s Slack bot are working to change all of that by creating point-and-click systems to assist developers new to AI.

Additional tools like Bonsai, Keras, and TensorFlow are also looking to make the implementation of deep learning models simpler. Advances in cloud platforms aim to supports AI applications, so companies don’t have to concern themselves with the associated infrastructure. Together, we begin to see an accessible option for AI, making it easier to bring the technology to the masses.

Targeted Solutions

AI developers are not yet at the point of being able to provide general purpose solutions for industry or business. Now, we are seeing highly specialized offerings that look to take a specific task or niche and revolutionize how it is managed. Even though these targeted approaches limit viability across sectors, many are being produced with a range of industries in mind. This means companies working in fields as diverse as finance, health, security, and manufacturing may all see options designed specifically for them.

Help with Information Overload

We live in a society that overflows with information. And, since many businesses are interested in discovering the power of their data, many companies feel the impact of information overload. AI is being designed to help process and parse information more effectively, helping to pull out needed details while sifting through the noise. Automatic summarization, information cartography, natural language understanding, and structured data extraction solutions are all being explored, looking to make information overload a thing of the past.

Improved Interactions Between Humans and Machines

Today, AI technologies are being released that communicate with people more effectively, and better understand what is being said to them. As the solutions evolve, developers are discovering methods for improved emotional intelligence and detection on the part of machines, allowing them to better assess the nuances in human language based on how it is used and the tone in which it is delivered.

However, it is important to remember, in all of the above-mentioned areas, that AI is still in its early stages. While advances are plentiful, there is still a long way to go before systems can fully replace certain human capabilities, and it still takes a strong IT team to keep it all running. If you are interested in finding new AI professionals to join your organization, MindFinders, a leading IT staffing firm in the DC Metro area, can help you locate the right candidates for your positions. Contact MindFinders to see how our services can connect you with the right AI technology specialist today.

Written by Tim Booker, President and CEO of MindFinders, with over 20 years of industry experience.


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