PART 3: What’s Next for Artificial Intelligence?

IT leaders see the adoption of artificial intelligence as one of the biggest trends today. The opportunities AI offers to businesses are huge; many see it as the key driver of digital transformation.

Jacek Chmiel, Global Chief of Consulting & Technology at IT Services Competence Platform:
The fragmentation of frameworks and limited interoperability in AI space is hurting its adoption. I see Open Neural Network Exchange as a key technology for broader adoption of AI in 2019. Of course, it’s going to be interesting how the big AI leaders will behave in practice, but there are positive signs for the future; time will tell how much adoption and support ONNX will receive. Another key challenge and simultaneously a trend for AI is explainable AI – AI makes decisions, but the “explaining why” part of the technology has been missing. Now solutions for this problem are on the rise. That will certainly open more doors for AI applications. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for feature design automation attempts (and AutoML in general) as a means to minimize barriers to entry for business people and the less AI-savvy part of the tech community.

Lyubomyr Senyuk, CTO and Head of R&D at CoreValue:
Now there is a tendency to loudly name anything that can produce recommendations based on God-knows-what rules, trained on tons of data, as “artificial intelligence”. But “true AI” is actually the opposite. That is, an intelligent system should use a thousand times smaller volumes of data for training, which is hypothetically possible if AI actively reuses knowledge patterns from different domains. Reusing, collecting and structuring those patterns is probably the key to building hierarchical “knowledge” systems that can be compared to a human manner of explaining things. The current AI approaches are far from that, but luckily Moore’s Law is still capable of finding ways to work, and support more and more complex approaches within deep learning (like Capsule Neural Networks). Quite some time ago, I used to say that an artificial creature able to walk as elegantly as a real horse will become the precursor of true AI’s emergence. Now that the Atlas robot is doing backflips, this milestone can be marked as completed, and in 2019-2020 we should definitely expect good self-educating robotic systems like exoskeletons, robotic prostheses and, of course, military robots.

Roland Guelle, CTO at Sevenval:
For the most part, AI is still far away from daily use cases in IT projects. In 2019 this is likely to change. With toolstack growth, usage is getting easier, and the need for research tasks will be eliminated. At wao.io (Sevenval’s automated web analytics and optimization service), we’ve improved our image optimization with machine learning in 2018. So today we’re getting much better results with compression of images (high quality and small file sizes). In addition to optimizing images for websites, we learned that AI helps include expert knowledge into technical decision-making: A sufficient amount of data allows us to improve and optimize the results.

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