Popularized in science fiction, AI is no longer merely a figment of our imaginations. In the past few years, the technology has moved from research labs into our everyday lives. It’s being used in medical devices, smart-home systems, and video games—to say nothing of robots and autonomous cars. And AI has started to do what many people have feared: outsmart humans.
In this special report, The Institute describes one of the latest AI developments: deep learning, in which neural networks teach themselves and make decisions on their own. Google, Microsoft, and other tech companies are racing to improve deep learning and apply it to new applications. And noteworthy AI applications are already in place, including computer systems writing news articles and preventing credit card fraud.
Companies can’t find enough engineers qualified in machine learning and other AI applications, so we provide tips for breaking into the growing field. We also feature an IEEE member who helped found Clearpath Robotics, a leader in self-driving vehicles for warehouses.
Deep learning enables computers to do a better job than humans at mastering skills and making decisions
Machines are writing news articles, composing music, and preventing credit card fraud
Just about every industry needs employees with AI skills, including health care and agriculture
Publications and groups can help engineers improve their understanding
Conferences cover machine learning, cognitive systems, and gaming
Explore bioinformatics, neural networks, and visual attention
Fatih Porikli has made significant contributions to object and motion detection, object tracking, and video analytics
IEEE Member Ryan Gariepy helped found the startup as an undergrad
Built in 1770, “The Turk” won games against Benjamin Franklin and Napoleon Bonaparte
Applauding advances in machine learning and deep neural networks
Videos of Boston Dynamics employees striking humanoid and doglike robots enraged many viewers