How Video Games Help Fuel The Insatiable Demand For Artificial Intelligence

If the forecasts are to be believed, we are standing at the precipice of a new era — thanks to AI (artificial intelligence,) machines will soon drive our cars, and our orders of cat food and paper towels will arrive at our local helipad, strapped to a tiny drone. In other words, the future is almost here, we just have to tinker with the artificial intelligence a bit more to get us there.

But the era of artificial intelligence has already arrived, albeit in ways more subtle than driverless cars and airlifted groceries. Thanks to recent advances in machine learning and deep learning — two subsets of artificial intelligence — AI now fuels everything from digital assistants (think Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri) to customer relationship management (CRM) platforms. And demand is only growing.

Worldwide, revenue from cognitive and artificial intelligence platforms will nearly quintuple in the next five years, going from $2 billion in 2017 to $9.5 billion by 2022, according to International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts.

AI requires two key ingredients: a colossal amount of clean, easily accessible data, and enormous processing power. In the past, both were prohibitively expensive. Thanks in part to the ascendance of “the cloud” and advances in memory storage (moving from discs to flash,) both data storage and data performance have gotten vastly cheaper and faster in recent years. ..Read More..

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