What Direction Will Artificial Intelligence Turn in 2017?


With a brand new year very nearly here, it’s a time to look at what we know and what we are dealing with now to see what will be for the foreseeable future. Regarding AI, everyone is jumping on the bandwagon and recognizing the potential that can be had from integrating it into their business models. But what areas, in particular, will we see AI develop in most in 2017? Read on for the top 5 predictions for 2017’s world of AI and what we can expect to see.

  • Universal standards will start to be created for AI to AI communications. Without everyone following the same rules, it would be complete chaos and carnage.
  • Companies will expect to see a *ROI from their AI. It’s clear that AI is worth the $1049 million that was invested in it in 2016, but it’s nice to see the proof sometimes too.
  • People will come to put their trust in AI more. Human interaction with AI will be ramped up tenfold as elements of communication such as timing, tone, word choice, visual clues, and sentiment are introduced into the machine technology. Also, by increasing the transparency of how these systems work will increase people’s trust in them. An extract from Stanford’s recent study on AI over the next 100 years explains it well, “Design strategies that enhance the ability of humans to understand AI systems and decisions (such as explicitly explaining those decisions), and to participate in their use, may help build trust and prevent drastic failures, it’s critical that engineers and designers create systems that communicate freely about how they work.”
  • AI bias’ needs monitoring. If the future of AI is to remain active, then systems that are subjected to bias or bias of conflicting goals need to be addressed as not to hinder its overall progress.
  • Conversational interfaces will develop further and soon interacting with technology will become part of everyday life. Google and Bing have both made significant progress in this area, and Facebook too is following shortly behind. But 2017 will bring a boom in this area and take us one step closer to that futuristic world we all envisage.

*Return on Investment (ROI) is the benefit to an investor resulting from an investment of some resource. A high ROI means the investment gains compare favorably to investment cost. As a performance measure, ROI is used to evaluate the efficiency of an investment or to compare the efficiency of a number of different investments. In purely economic terms, it is one way of considering profits in relation to capital invested.

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