I was pulled into this article when I read “a gigantic shift in computing is about to dawn upon us.” The gist – the US and China are investing heavily in designing high-powered AI chips to handle the linear algebra computations used in AI and this represents a fundamental change in how we build software and hardware. There are some examples of how these chips are being used – for face recognition, map street view, chatbots, and self-driving cars to name a few. Of course data is needed to train AI algorithms and that has come from private companies. Top AI talent will also come from those companies too ( I wish I paid attention to algebra in school). Worth a read is the link to China’s strategy and agenda for “intelligentization.” All that said, in my opinion anyway, the most interesting aspect of all of this is going to be ethics: robots rights, threats to privacy, discrimination, moral considerations, etc.
O’Reilly On Our Radar | The artificial intelligence computing stack | December 20, 2017