5 Best Artificial Intelligence Articles


Billionaire Tech Investor: There Will Be an AI Mark Zuckerberg and an AI Bill Gates

By Catherine Clifford, CNBC (September 25, 2017)

Multi-billion tech investor Jim Breyer, founder, and CEO of Breyer Capital in Silicon Valley believes there will be a CEO and/or investors involved in AI who will surpass Bill Gates' wealth (over $80 billion) or Mark Zuckerberg's ($68 billion).

Beyer claims there will be:

“a type of individual or set of individuals who understand that self-learning capabilities applied to healthcare and finance will look extraordinary in the next decade because it's different and fundamental.
I think the opportunities from an investment standpoint will be five to ten [times] – in terms of the market cap around AI – what the [media] currently is. For sure, the market capitalization will be much higher than Facebook, Twitter, Snap and the like. Choose a decade, and move forward a decade. But absolutely positively.”

Billionaire tech investor, owner of the NBA Dallas Mavericks, and demanding shark Mark Cuban agree that AI entrepreneurs will create a new level of wealth. He stated in March at SXSW:
"The world's first trillionaires are going to be someone who has mastered AI and all its derivatives and will apply it in ways we never thought of."
I think these predictions are correct about the money and, perhaps, frighteningly so, whether the winners of this race use AI in a way that gives their corporations something akin to government power. That doesn't seem like a far stretch either.

Why We Shouldn't Build Automated Weapons of War

By Paul Scharre, TIME (September 25, 2017)
I'm not going to write about this because it's important to read this short article to understand both the importance of limiting automated weapons of warfare and the difficulties of doing so. Take a look.

These Three Companies Are Tops in Artificial Intelligence  

By Reinhardt Krause, Investor's Business Daily (September 25, 2017)
Salesforce, Microsoft, and Hortonworks are IBD's picks for all three companies to benefit most from artificial intelligence.

According to Barclays analyst Raimo Lenscow:
“Microsoft is positioned to be the biggest beneficiary of AI…due to its cloud computing infrastructure (Azure). Salesforce.com is still in the early stages of deploying Einstein across the entire product portfolio. Hortonworks, along with its partnership with IBM, provides customers with a way to manage and analyze large volumes of data.”

I won't go into IBD's stock advice, but your brief overviews of these companies' products are helpful:
“Hortonworks is a developer of the open source Hadoop software , which companies can use for “ Big Data ” analytics. IBM no longer offers its own Hadoop solution , while Hortonworks provides software for AI algorithms to learn from data.”

“Microsoft is going AI-as-a-service. (As well as Google, Amazon and IBM). They plan to rent AI tools to customers under their public cloud computing services. 
“Salesforce.com introduced its “Einstein” AI cloud platform in September 2016. Einstein tools identify and prioritize sales opportunities and recommend products and pricing options, making it easier for sales reps to convert leads into sales. ”

The author notes that AI functionality adds a layer of differentiation to an existing product, with Salesforce salespeople as a prime example.

Why Tesla can't lead this part of the self-driving race

By Aparna Narayanan, Investor's Business Daily (September 25, 2017)
Has GM passed Tesla in making self-driving vehicles available to the public on a massive scale?

According to Deutsche Bank research analyst Rod Lache, consider the following reasons for GM's success and its possible advantage:

– GM recently indicated that it has developed “the first mass-produced self-driving automobile, built in a factory capable of producing 100,000 vehicles a year”.

– Faster-than-expected production acceleration could increase GM's advantage because its artificial intelligence will improve based on data from thousands of vehicles.

– Faster deployment of self-driving fleets and infrastructure “could provide GM with sustainable competitive advantages through the creation of natural monopolies in major cities”.

– The business models – such as shared, self-driving on-demand mobility services – enabled by emerging automotive technologies “can be material, even for a company as large as GM”.

– And there is nothing from a legal or regulatory standpoint that would take GM out if its technology is ready, as long as it meets federal motor vehicle safety standards.

Lache predicts, “We believe GM will be positioned to capture healthy share, especially in the US, if they are able to leverage a first-mover advantage,” adding that a 17.5% market share is conceivable given that the GM has a 17.5% share of the light vehicle market and is well ahead of its rivals in on-demand autonomous mobility.

A History of Artificial Intelligence in 10 Landmarks

By Luke Dormehl, Digital Trends (September 23, 2017).
This is a fun and colorful piece so I won't spoil it. Enjoy.

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