Artificial Intelligence Index: 2018 Annual Report

'Tis the season for "state of the technology" annual reports. As much as it's a trope, these reports are actually a good way to stay up-to-date on the overall industry as a non-academic practitioner. If you're like me, you operate in a part of the data science ecosystem and it's a daunting task to stay up-to-date on the entirety of it. Reports like this are a useful way to do that. Spend one hour with this PDF and you'll catch up on everything you missed over the past year. This is a particularly good report, with an academic steering committee that includes a who's who of the field.

The most out-of-left-field stat was about downloads of robot operating system package downloads from (a site I was previously unfamiliar with):

Since 2014, total downloads and unique downloads have increased by 352% and 567%, respectively. This represents an increased interest in both robotics and the use of robot systems. 


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