“Computing that can think” has been an IT battle cry for the last 30 years, but the price of artificial intelligence has been out of reach for most enterprises. Enter the cloud — along with its cost efficiency — and perhaps a revised business case for thinking machines. Amazon Web Services, Google, and Microsoft are all on board, and they each have some kind of practical AI offering.
In the context of business, artificial intelligence is called “machine learning” — that’s the best way to explain it in boardrooms. Machine learning can determine patterns, think about how those patterns are emerging, and even get better at predicting patterns before they emerge.