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February 20, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa: Artificial Intelligence in Action

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The words “Artificial Intelligence” bring with them cinematic visions of a dystopian future, one run by robots and their compadres, but in reality, this is far from truth. In fact, AI has begun to make its mark in the world wide web, with a number of unique applications that further our surfing experience. Here are several AI sites that can boost efficiency in the events industry...

1.    The Grid: AI Websites that Design Themselves
Everyone wants a beautiful website that conveys this brand’s message with both finesse and strength. But designing something as all-encompassing as this can be quite hard. Enter The Grid. This application uses AI to design websites for you. Instead of designing your site pixel by pixel yourself, The Grid “functions like your own personal graphic designer, able to think about your brand and present it in the best way possible,” according to CEO and Co-Founder, Dan Tocchini.”The design adapts to your content, not the other way around.” Sites are not yet available to the public as it is still under heavy development and testing – but you can support the project as a Founding Member on www.thegrid.io, and the service will be available for as little as $25 a month. 

2.    Deep Learning and All it Entails
Recently at the 2015 Deep Learning Summit in San Francisco, Richard Socher, C-Founder of the new AI lab MetaMind gave a rundown of how the technology is revolutionizing the way we see computers. Although deep learning research has really only taken off in the last year, it’s been around since the 50’s. Google has amassed a huge neural network that used to take 1,000 computers to run. Now it needs only four. For those in need of education, deep learning is a set of algorithms in machine learning that attempt to model high level abstractions in data – in a similar way to the neurons in the brain. There are now computers with human-like learning abilities that will allow them to programme themselves. And things are only going to get better with more research into natural language processing and other sectors. Step aside English teacher, hello AI. 

3.    When AI Meets the Internet of Everything
The Internet of Everything is the networked connection of people, data, process and things – essentially an increased connectedness where ‘everything’ is online. According to Rob Lloyd of Cisco, “The Internet of Everything has the potential to significantly reshape our economy and transform key industries.” The IoE Value Index recently found that global businesses could pursue as much as $14.4 trillion over the next decade by leveraging IoE to improve customer service and operations. Manufacturing, energy, and retailing sectors will radically change, while IoE also has the potential to completely transform the training of workers. It could release health care workers from rote tasks, while certain games and tools could be used to assess the aptitude of potential employees. 

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