Google sees AI turn­ing pop­u­lar

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - Nation - Sunny Sen sunny.sen@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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NEW DELHI: Ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI), once a boon for science fic­tion movies, is set to in­sin­u­ate it­self into ev­ery nook and cranny of our lives, ac­cord­ing to in­ter­net gi­ant Al­pha­bet, nee Google.

Google’s ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence chief John Gian­nan­drea, who calls com­put­ers “dumb”, sees more com­pa­nies adopt­ing the AI tech­nol­ogy in In­dia, es­pe­cially in the fi­nan­cial ser­vices, health­care and man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tors.

In its pur­suit to be­come an AI-first com­pany, Google will give $20 mil­lion to In­dian star­tups to en­cour­age wider adop­tion of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and ma­chine learn­ing tech­niques.

It is up­load­ing these tech­nolo­gies in the cloud so that busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als can use these af­ter mak­ing a pay­ment, he said.

Gian­nan­drea is op­ti­mistic that these tech­nolo­gies will turn pop­u­lar. “So­ci­ety adapts to lat­est tech­nol­ogy. Peo­ple nowa­days are per­form­ing more in­tel­lec­tual roles than 50 years ago.”

At Nass­com 10,000 Star­tups Change Mak­ers Sum­mit, af­ter e-com­merce, the largest num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions was filed in fi­nan­cial-tech, AI and IoT sec­tors. Nass­com is eval­u­at­ing these com­pa­nies for fund­ing and gov­ern­ment grants.

Other large com­pa­nies are also in­vest­ing in ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence. Mi­crosoft plans to build AI ca­pa­bil­i­ties across ap­pli­ca­tions, ser­vices and in­fra­struc­ture, and trans­form what peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions do.

“Mi­crosoft has an ap­proach … that seeks to democra­tise AI, to take it from the ivory tow­ers and make it ac­ces­si­ble for all,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Mi­crosoft, at Mi­crosoft Ig­nite 2016 tech­nol­ogy con­fer­ence held last month.

IBM’s AI an­a­lyt­ics Wat­son has been de­ployed at Ma­ni­pal Hos­pi­tals to treat can­cer bet­ter.

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