O’Reilly says artificial intelligence is ‘going mainstream’


Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media

Artificial intelligence has come out of the dark corners of science fiction and is ready to become ubiquitous in the real world, according to one of the most influential tech gurus of the internet era.

Writing on the company’s website, Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, say humanity is “at the beginning of an explosion of intelligent software” which could change everything.

O’Reilly says: “It’s easy to get excited about recent progress but much more difficult to understand what lies ahead. Researchers have built some excellent, but very specialized, systems. Still, we’re far from anything that looks like a general intelligence system.

“We have programs that can play Go, drive a car, chat, manage investments, and identify pictures; we don’t have programs that can do all of the thousands of things that humans do every day. Integrating many systems that can each do one very specific task is a challenging problem, if that’s even the right approach. What does the future hold, and how are we to get there?” 

As a result of the growing interest in AI, O’Reilly has organised the Artificial Intelligence Conference, scheduled for September 26-27, 2016, in New York, USA.

O’Reilly is one of the largest and most influential organisers of tech events. Previous conferences were pivotal in ushering in the open source software movement which has taken over the world today.

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