Category Archives: Cognitive

Open Source Software Went Nuclear This Year

Open source software freely shared with the world at large—is an old idea. A guy named Richard Stallman started preaching the gospel in the early ’80s, though he called it free software. Linus Torvalds started work on Linux, the enormously successful open source operating system, in 1991, and today, it drives our daily lives—literally. The Android operating system that runs Google phones and the iOS operating system that runs the Apple iPhone are based on Linux. When you open a phone app like Twitter or Facebook and pull down all those tweets and status updates, you’re tapping into massive computer data centers filled with hundreds of Linux machines. Linux is the foundation of the Internet.

Why Startups Will Dominate The AI-Powered Apps Landscape

I recently had an interesting conversation with someone who argued against the viability of artificial intelligence startups, given the tremendous budgets and development resources large tech companies like IBM are committing to develop broader platforms — the premise being that these platforms will fill each niche application startups try to carve out (think scheduling meetings or answering common customer services requests).

I’d like to argue against this notion.

Google Turning Its Lucrative Web Search Over to AI Machines – Bloomberg Business

Artificial intelligence sits at the extreme end of machine learning, which sees people create software that can learn about the world. Google has been one of the biggest corporate sponsors of AI, and has invested heavily in it for videos, speech, translation and, recently, search.

Google on machine learning

Machine learning and artificial intelligence got a lot of love on Google’s Q3 earnings call.

During CEO Sundar Pichai’s prepared remarks, he went out of his way to point out that investments in machine learning and artificial intelligence were a continued priority for the company moving forward. 

Pichai even went as far as to say that Google was “re-thinking” all of its products to include more AI and machine learning.