The AI revolution: distant dream or pending disruption?

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Turing’s Test — Source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e4/Turing_Test_version_3.png

AI — What are we talking about?

According to the website of the French dictionary and encyclopedia Larousse, artificial intelligence may be defined as “a set of theories and techniques implemented in order to create machines capable of simulating the human mind”. The definition is broad, as “simulating the human mind” may mean being able to perform the same tasks as it — or some of them — in a similar way as well as to imitate its capability to do so through intrinsically different methods — that may look similar but are not.

Machine learning, deep learning

Today, we hear a lot about machine learning and deep learning, because those processes are currently used for advanced AI. Those terms are often employed indifferently in spite of their conceptual difference.

Diagram of a neural network — Source: http://cs231n.github.io/assets/nn1/neural_net2.jpeg

Bots: towards a coming replacement of software programs and applications?

In early 2016, Facebook launched a “bot store”, that is a platform which is part of the application Messenger and contains bots. To discuss with one of

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Mastercard’s bot — Source: https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/mastercard.png?w=560

AI for virtual office assistance

When it comes to thinking the near future of AI’s inventions, virtual office assistance cannot be bypassed. In the next few years, most of employees are likely to work with such a tool. Virtual office assistants are the logical evolution of the actual collaborative platforms that include a whole set of different functionalities in a same software environment.

LINAGORA’s virtual assistant, LinTO

Conclusion

For years, humans have been able to create ever more intelligent technologies, which made us foresee a near or remote AI revolution. Science fiction brought about the myth that these significant changes would manifest themselves through machines that would be entirely autonomous, emotive, creative and self-conscious. However, even though AI’s disruption has already begun, this is first and foremost expressed by tools and useful features rather than by social and affective virtual intelligence.

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French student from HEC Paris. Currently in a gap year, working at LinDA, LINAGORA’s Digital Agency. Writing articles both in French and in English.

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