Future directions

By the end of this day you will be able to describe the current landscape of AI developments and developers, and describe how you think AI will affect your work.

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Our digital landscape


Read this review by Denny Britz, a deep learning researcher, which goes over the AI advancements of 2017.

This article is a bit techy but nicely hyperlinked to explanations that could give you some interesting leads into recent developments relevant to you. Follow his links to AlphaGo and Libratus in particular, which were arguably the most interesting developments of last year. How do you think that these are groundbreaking?

How does it feel? 


Try interacting with one of these programmes. There are many online games that have an AI counterpart, the most obvious being Chess, Othello and Go. You could even make some music with Georgio.

When you’re playing these games, think about whether you feel any different now you know how they work and what these narrow algorithms have achieved by beating the world’s grand masters.



Read this Techadvisor article by the editor Tim Martin and have a chat with Cleverbot to see what kind of questions it can and can’t answer.

Now take this short online bots course from the MOOC website Alison.

This article and course will give a more detailed overview of bots and their uses. They are very common, relatively easy to implement and could be a good first step towards adopting AI technology into your working life.

Lunch break



It doesn’t have to be all or nothing when it comes to automation. This Oxford Insights article gives a useful overview of how we can apply the automation levels for self driving cars to public services, and beyond.

Who's doing what?


Read through the forecasts in this article by techie and journalist Azeem Azhar: Dept of the Future.

Also, have a proper browse through the websites and social media profiles of the world’s leading AI developers and thinkers. Here are a few to get you started, but there are many more listed on Quora:
Sebastian Thrun, Elon Musk, Yann Lecun, Nando de Freitas, Andrew Ng, Daphne Koller, Adam Coates, Andrej Karparthy, and Juergen Schmidhuber.

This is to widen the scope a little and explore some other current frontiers to see where developments are heading. In such a fast moving area it’s important to keep on top of developments to remain competitive. Use these names to get a sense of what ideas the key thinkers are working on and keep an eye out for areas that might affect or be useful to you.

Try writing down a sentence or so explaining their key interests for future reference.

Ride the wave


Read this article by AI entrepreneur Robbie Allen about Why Artificial Intelligence is different from other technology waves.

Allen’s article considers AI alongside other tech booms of roughly the last ten years, so you can decide whether it really is worth the hype.

Predictions and predicting 


Take a walk and listen to the podcast Predictions of when by Ted Sarvata from the Concerning AI channel.

Then, as a contrast, read Rodney Brooks’ article about The seven deadly sins of AI predictions.




Take what you have learnt and write one page on how you expect your work, your sector and your daily life to change due to AI. How might your sector accommodate AI technologies in an effective and ethical way? How could AI make you more efficient?

Take some time to think (it’s what we do best) and break processes down into algorithm like stages, identifying the areas could benefit from AI technologies.

(Still curious?)

An easy way to keep up to date on developments is to sign up to a few weekly AI newsletters. Some of the key titles are the AI Weekly, The Exponential View, Machine Learnings, The Wild Week in AI and Deep Hunt. Or if you prefer blogs, take a look at Unsupervised Methods, Distill or Adventures in NI. Also, keep checking back at the AI topic YouTube channel and TED talks.

CB Insights has also published a list of the top 100 companies pushing the boundaries of AI technology development.


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