IBM Power Systems recently caught up with some of the leading thinkers in artificial intelligence to ask them to answer the major industry question – what is artificial intelligence?
Sam Charrington: In a lot of ways artificial intelligence represents that kind of magic frontier of the computer doing something that amazes us and that makes us think that in some way it’s alive.
Nadeem Asghar: AI is an augmentation to handle vast majority and variety of data in a systematic and automated fashion for you.
What machine learning does is it’s a method where we teach a computer to make a prediction based on history. So for example you can analyze that every time people buy bananas they also buy milk. So that sort of you know learning through experience or learning from history. And then deep learning is a very accurate method within machine learning.
Deep learning, you’re really just sending the system an immense amount of data with some tags on it so you tell it what the data is and the deep learning algorithms work very similar to your brain – it figures out specific characteristics.
A human doesn’t think of a cat as well, it’s got four legs, it’s got a tail, it’s got this. You inherently know this looks like a cat. The similar way that AI image recognition works, but more practical AI, we’re all using it today, and business are looking at how do I use AI to augment the people that I have to provide better results, better customer service, better shopping experiences.
Sumit Gupta: IBM research has made some fundamental breakthroughs in the space we have optimized infrastructure to help them where they want to work on prem or in the cloud. I would say that every business process that a company has, there’s probably an opportunity to improve it by using AI.