Eric Schmidt has just jumped on the artificial intelligence hypetrain. Google’s chairman wrote that we are slow and steady approaching the era in wich artifical intelligence will be more than just an edgy concept. The highly opinionated chairman said that if continued, artificial intelligence development will have an extremely positive impact in our life.
In his opinion, artificial intelligence research will hit a milestone in a couple of years. On seeing the advancements made by a Google team led by Geoff Hinton, an expert in artificial neural networks, who were able to significantly improve Google’s speech recognition software by 25%, a leap that would have taken years of research anywhere else, Schimdt realized that true artificial intelligence is just around the corner.
Eric Schimdt noted that what has been pushing artificial intelligence’s pace in the last couple of years is the consumer interest for technologies that solve real-world issues, such as how to build a platform that recognizes nearly 60 languages or how to make cars drive on their own. In other words, it is the same consumer needs that built the Internet that is refreshing and empowering the current research in artificial intelligence.
Schmidt wrote: “In the future, we need to do even more blending of AI research with solving real-world challenges. In the next generation of software, machine learning won’t just be an add-on that improves performance a few percentage points; it will really replace traditional approaches.”
Google’s chairman also stated a decade ago you had to pick a handful of people to pick select the newest hits in music, whereas today you are much better of with devising an intelligent system that could analyze real life data, such as what is the listener inclined to listen to at certain times, what is his mood, what are his favorite genres and so on. Schimdt stresses that this concept would be far more democratic, as it would allow every user discover music on their own rather than through the individual preferences of a selected few.
Although Schimdt didn’t point his finger, the chairman clearly refered to Apple Music, platform that was released earlier this summer. For Schmidt, words like “handpicked” do not belong in the product of a serious tech company, because it implies an elite type of tastemaking that doesn’t fully take advantage of the endless possibilities artificial intelligence could offer to the population.
Google’s free web radio has been released in their Google Play Music app and Schimdt said that their music streaming service is equipped with a capable AI software that is able to give you specific recommendations based on your listening habits.
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