Truly Useful Artificial Intelligence Tools You Can Use Today

December 28, 2015 - Bob Gourley

We know you, dear readers, have been tracking the megatrend of artificial intelligence. There are many issues in this trend that should inform your day-to-day decision-making (we examine AI issues as part of our CAMBRIC construct to help put the trend in the context of other major thrusts in the tech world).

Most AI solutions today are fielded by the big players in IT. For example, Apple’s Siri or the capabilities they embedded directly in iOS9, or Google’s many savvy search solutions or Amazon’s very smart recommendations. Amazon’s Echo is also, like Siri, connecting to a very smart cloud capability that takes advantage of AI. AI capabilities are also being programmed into robotic solutions including self driving cars. IBM is also investing heavily in AI, with Watson the most famous result.

We expect to see a new wave of AI solutions that deliver value from smaller start-up companies as well. This is a very crowded space, with plenty of VC funding for entrepreneurs with capabilities in a wide-range of AI disciplines. Most of these firms seem to be on one of two paths: Success, which will mean being acquired by Facebook, Apple, Microsoft or IBM, or failure, which will see them acquired by the same firms for a lower price for their talent. Either way the innovation continues.

We are also on the lookout for hot firms that are not providing capabilities as part of other offerings or don’t seem to be on a path to be acquired by one of the big guys. This part of the market is very likely going to take off, since open source platforms and open cloud API’s and services like Prediction.io are making it so easy for others to create and field AI.

Here is a short list of capabilities we recommend all enterprise technologists track. The list is by no means comprehensive, but is definitely representative of what is available now:

Artificial Intelligence On Your Phone:

Artificial Intelligence From The Cloud:

Really most all of the AI on your phone and desktops is communicating with cloud services, so keep in mind most solutions are a blend that highly leverage cloud capabilities. But we needed a place to talk about Echo and Watson and soon many others, so:

For Personal and Business Use:

Artificial Intelligence For Developers:

Artificial Intelligence For Healthcare:

Artificial Intelligence For Robotics:

Artificial Intelligence For Space:

Artificial Intelligence For Marketing and Customer Interaction:

Original post by Bob Gourley