Artificial intelligence (AI) is headline news almost every day. New advancements are made more personal with the advantages of semantic understanding and natural language technology. IT ProPortal brought this information to our attention in their article, “How semantic technology is making sense of our big data.”

One of the latest is AlphaGo – a computer program developed by Google DeepMind to play the board game Go. In October 2015, it became the first program to beat a professional human player without handicaps. Add to the list, Microsoft’s online chat robot Tay, which uses natural language processing to learn and understand the way humans speak.

While these developments are impressive, do these applications reflect the real everyday needs of the world today? For most businesses, the ability to identify relationships within content rather than just understanding the meaning of natural language is a technology powerful enough to help them tackle their everyday problems. It will be nice to see as much focus put on usable software powered by AI as it is the entertainment portion of technology.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.