BRIEF: The New Artificial Intelligence Explosion

Artificial intelligence is not a new concept.BRIEF: The New Artificial Intelligence Explosion Sci-fi fans have been well acquainted with its principles since Isaac Asimov started getting books published, and more recently a generation that has grown up on video games has spent countless hours trying to outsmart AI entities.

But in recent years AI has really come to the forefront of consumer electronics with the emergence of voice-controlled virtual assistants like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa. These have quickly become prominent user interfaces across a range of devices, and are only becoming more important as consumers seem increasingly intent on leaving typing behind.

Now, the field of AI represents an escalating arms race between a number of high-profile tech companies, with some smaller firms getting in on the action, too. Here’s how:

Major consumer electronics brands are expanding their AI platforms…

Amazon Expands Echo Concept and Enhances Alexa Software

Leaked Image Hints at Bixby Button on Next Year’s Galaxy A-Series Devices

… while Google, a relative newcomer to the field of hardware, is leveraging its AI expertise to get a strong foothold:

Google Banks On A.I. With New Pixel 2 Smartphones

Software Remains Central in New Google Home Devices

Meanwhile, new AI assistant platforms are emerging to fill in niches and gaps:

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Voice-Based AI Assistant Platform Signals Hitachi’s Foray into Machine Learning Race

Nuance Announces Voice-Based AI Assistant for Healthcare Clinicians

Elsewhere, advances in machine vision are seeing a growing convergence between AI and other sophisticated technologies like biometrics:

Sensory to Demo Virtual Bank Teller at FinovateFall 2017

Face ID: What We Know So Far About The iPhone X’s Flagship New Feature

Novetta Cites Expertise in AI, Biometrics, Digital Security in Q3 Contract Win Growth

And all of this excitement has major tech companies investing heavily in the future of AI:

Samsung Amplifies AI R&D with New Montreal Lab

Facebook Making Big Push Into Smart Home, IoT Device Market

Google Web Demo Puts Machine Learning at Users’ Fingertips