“Terminator”, “the Matrix”, “iRobot”. These are 3 of my top 10 favorite movies and the common link between all of them is Artificial Intelligence. I have had an interest in Artificial Intelligence for as long as I can remember.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has existed in Hollywood for decades, but it is shocking how advanced it is becoming in the real world.

We have all asked Google for directions to a restaurant, or we have asked it to look up the phone numbers for plumbers in our area, but thanks to Google Duplex we will soon be able to use Google’s AI technology for so much more. We can simply ask Google to schedule an oil change for Friday between 10 and noon. Google will then look up where you have gotten your oil changed previously, it will then automatically call that place of service on the phone and schedule the appointment for you. How good is it? The technology is so good that the person on the phone doesn’t even realize that they are speaking to a computer. In fact, in an effort to get ahead of some ethical and philosophical pitfalls, Google is going to have its AI system identify itself so that people know that they are not talking to an actual human.

IBM has decided to take their AI technology one step further they have sent Watson to medical school. Watson has spent the past few years analyzing medical data, and at this point it is very close to being better and more efficient than an Oncologist at determining care paths for cancer patients. During recent clinical trials Watson boasted a 97% concordance rate with lung cancer and it reached its care plans 80% quicker than the group of Doctors being examined. Could AI replace Doctors in our lifetime??

David Malsam – Senior Sales Account Executive/Network Analyst

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