Andrew Ng, Baidu’s chief AI scientist (formerly at Google), talking to Victor Luckerson:
I think 2017 will be the year of the conversational computer.
Agreed. Meanwhile, on the state of AI:
Just as the Industrial Revolution freed up humanity from a lot of repetitive physical drudgery, I think AI will free up humanity from a lot of mental drudgery.
That's an interesting way to frame it. As is this:
I’ve been using this analogy that AI is the new electricity. About 100 years ago, electrification transformed agriculture, transportation, manufacturing. Industry after industry was transformed by electricity. I think AI is now in a similar position to transform industry after industry.Read more...