Research and Markets: Artificial Intelligence 2015 - A Practical Assessment

DUBLIN — (BUSINESS WIRE) — August 17, 2015Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "Artificial Intelligence: A Practical Assessment" report to their offering.

For many people, a future that includes artificial intelligence (AI) sounds just great, because it means helpful robots, self-driving cars, and virtual assistants instantly providing personalized information and guidance on any number of matters. Others worry that the robots and cars and assistants will become so smart that they stop following human directives, and chart their own future, perhaps without us. Somewhere in between, most rational people are interested enough in AI to want to know more about it, if only to satisfy their own curiosity, rather than determine whether they should embrace or fear it.

AI is currently one of the most fascinating, as well as one of the most confusing, areas of development in the larger field of Big Data and analytics (BDA). AI stimulates the imagination with visions of automating many human-like functions that have been historically beyond the reach of technology.

What makes AI confusing is the variety and complexity of its methods, compounded by the recent tendency of BDA solution providers to apply the AI label to their analytic applications. Adding to the confusion are the strongly-held opinions of many AI researchers that are beginning to surface regarding its development.

This week's SPIE is designed to help. Its purpose is to lead the reader around the AI hype and hoopla, past the impenetrable bog of specialized terminology and the deep pit of unnecessary detail, to a basic understanding of AI's capabilities and limitations; as well as an appreciation for the reasons why AI researchers are starting to raise concerns about the current trajectory of AI development.

Key Topics Covered:

Artificial Intelligence: A Practical Assessment

  • SPIE 2015 #30 - August 7/2015
  • Introduction
  • Early AI: From the 1930s to the 1980s
  • A (Very) Brief History of Inference and Pattern Recognition
  • What AI Can and Can Not Do
  • Causes for Concern
  • Why Business Decision-Makers Should Take AI Seriously

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