Reading news over the past few years, you can clearly see a large uptick in talk about artificial intelligence. Hardly a day goes by without seeing some mention of AI in the media. Friends, family, and other non-technical mere mortals are increasingly worried when their job will be replaced by AI. Even highly respected scientists and technologists, such as Elon Musk and the late Stephen Hawking have raised their own AI concerns.
The term AI was coined in 1956. Even Dinosaurs like myself took artificial intelligence classes back in university. AI is far from new but its scope has widened to encompass Machine Learning, or even more specifically Deep Learning. This is a technology that uses statistical techniques to extract (aka “Learn”) from data. This is a real technology with practical uses. Machine learning is used in technologies today such as Tesla’s auto-pilot, virus and malware scanning, as well as recommendations you find in Netflix and Amazon. So why all the hype today?