Artificial intelligence has emerged as the hottest buzzword in tech — despite the fact that it’s been around since the dawn of computing. Countless startups are now grabbing onto AI to explain what they do and tech marketers are branding with AI to make simple things like algorithms and basic machine learning sound a lot smarter.
“AI is a ridiculously broad umbrella these days,” said Michael Karasick, IBM Research’s vice president of cognitive computing (IBM’s fancy terms for AI).
Karasick gave a presentation at IBM InterConnect 2017 this week in Las Vegas where he laid out IBM Research’s roadmap for AI. The approach of Karasick’s team is ridiculously practical, since their mandate is to incubate technologies that could be useful to businesses. As you’d expect, a lot of things they’re working on boil down to automation and big data.