The future of artificial intelligence is now.

Author:Lynn, Samara

WITH MORE PROCESSING POWER AT OUR FINGERTIPS than ever before as well as massive amounts of data being generated every day, artificial intelligence is being integrated into everyday technology and is having huge implications for both the consumer and enterprise spaces.

What Is It Exactly?

AI is cognitive computing. These are computing platforms that can learn, understand how things are connected, remember that knowledge, and reason from patterns to adapt in real time, explains Gayle Sheppard, general manager at Intel, who spoke on a panel at CES 2016 called "The Future of Artificial Intelligence."

Dr. Ayanna Howard, a roboticist and the Motorola Foundation Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, says that people don't necessarily realize how commonplace AI has become.

"If you use Siri and you are always asking for Thai restaurants in Atlanta, [Siri] learns that this person is not interested in Chinese or soul food," she says.

Another great example of everyday AI is Netflix. "Look at Netflix. That's enterprise learning people's preferences to deliver ideal content," says Dr. Howard.

What Are the Benefits?

The panelists gave the example of using AI to reduce accidents on construction sites by enabling the use of the massive amounts of data out there, and the increasing processing power at our disposal.

Babak Hodjat, founder and chief scientist at Sentient Technologies, predicts that by 2018, "Fifty percent of all developers will be bringing cognitive technologies into their platforms. It will be a $3 billion-plus market by 2019."

The most famous major player is IBM, with Watson, a...

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