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May 2016, Vol. 5, No. 5

Big data and IoT benefit from machine learning, AI apocalypse not imminent

Suddenly, everybody is talking about machine learning, AI bots and deep learning. It's showing up in new products to look at "call home data," in cloud-hosted optimization services and even built into new storage arrays! So what's really going on? Is this something brand new or just the maturation of ideas spawned out of decades-old artificial intelligence research? Does deep learning require conversion to some mystical new church to understand it, or do our computers suddenly get way smarter overnight? Should we sleep with a finger on the power off button? But most importantly for IT folks, are advances in machine learning becoming accessible enough to readily apply to actual business problems -- or is it just another decade of hype? There are plenty of examples of highly visible machine learning applications in the press recently, both positive and negative. Microsoft's Tay AI bot, designed to actively learn from 18 to 24 year olds on Twitter, Kik and GroupMe, unsurprisingly achieved its goal. Within hours of going live, it ...

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