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The Margin Q4 2016

The Margin Q4 2016

Do you want AI with that?

Google’s CEO Sundar Pichais recently said the world is moving from the mobile era into an ‘AI-first’ one. Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella also spoke recently on the subject, saying we’ve democratised information through the internet, and now it’s time to democratise intelligence. The storm clouds are definitely gathering as vendors start to position themselves, and correlate and execute their artificial intelligence strategies.

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Like many recent computing trends, this isn’t a new phenomenon, but rather the timely breaching of a computing discipline that’s been around for some time. In 1950, Alan Turing proposed a test designed to provide a benchmark for machine intelligence, where a human evaluator was required to judge natural language conversations between a human and machine and determine which was the machine. Although still seen as a valid test today, it’s said that the test was beaten by MIT’s ELIZA program in 1966. Then there’s the famous example of IBM’s Deep Blue beating world chess champion Gary Kasparov in 1997. Since then, we’ve had numerous examples of computer intelligence surfacing through everyday applications. As technologists and users, we’ve actually been living through the artificial intelligence evolution for some time now, from the Microsoft Office paperclip that offered assistance with writing a letter, to Google’s autocorrect on misspelled search queries, to virtual assistants, such as Apple’s Siri.

Spurred on by the power of the cloud, and the capabilities of big data analytics, today we’re seeing ever-increasing activity in the space. And as Pichais and Nadella allude to the spread of AI across the computing ecosystem and into applications is only going to get more prolific.

Combine the growth of AI with developments in the field of robotics – check out the videos of Boston Dynamics’ biped and quadruped robots that keep getting pushed over with sticks, or Amazon’s robot-powered warehouse. Throw in the real-world interfacing provided by Internet of Things’ technologies, add computer automation of simple tasks to the mix and it’s easy to see the big picture of us moving to a more efficient world.

But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. Today, the AI focus is on chatbots to augment the online call centre experience, and machine learning algorithms that write formulaic stock market and sports news reports. There’s definitely some way to go before Arnie travels back through time to terminate Sarah Connor thus ensuring the future enslavement of mankind, or until we develop a Wild West-themed resort staffed entirely by robots.

With this prologue, it’s easy to surmise that in this issue of The Margin we focus on the developing field of advanced automation, and what it means for the channel.

We also look at selling to the 'Millennial' generation and the realities of partnering at the bleeding edge of technology. Our roundtable focuses on the growth of fibre connectivity across South Africa and the opportunities this presents. You’ll also find a host of our regular features too. As always, I hope you find this issue interesting and useful.

Happy reading

Adrian Hinchcliffe
Editor
adrian@itweb.co.za



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