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10 AI App Dev Tips And Tricks For Enterprises

Artificial intelligence is becoming mainstream in enterprise applications. Here are 10 things you need to know before you start your AI development project.
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Artificial intelligence (AI) has captured our imaginations since antiquity, when dreams of creating beings more powerful than humans arose in several cultures. Technology has, in many ways, provided us those more powerful beings today, though they tend to be deployed more for running a business process and less for overthrowing the gods.

AI has now moved out of the world of the scientist (and science fiction) into mainstream business, and with it has come the need to develop AI applications for a variety of purposes. With that in mind, it's time to look at some of the things you need to know before diving into an AI project of your own.

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Some of the things to know are tactical -- languages and platforms -- while others are strategic, such as best practices. In all of the cases, though, it's possible that the information will run counter to what you've been led to believe. That's OK, because, despite its long history, AI is really still in its early days.

So, where are you in the planning for your AI project? Have you begun making decisions? Begun coding? Are you in a close partnership with your AI even as you read this? Take a look at my list and let me know what you think about the information. More important, let me know what you think I left out. AI is anything but "one size fits all," and one person's wisdom may well be another's folly.

Meet me in the comments and give me your thoughts on AI. It's an area of programming that's going to keep growing and evolving -- the world of business requires it. How will you make AI better for your enterprise?

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Susan Fourtané
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2/21/2016 | 2:16:42 AM
Re: If you team can't do it . . .
Progman, you mean that computer science program is only on summer breaks? Yes, these kids are going to be much better prepared at an early age. Also, the fact that the human brain is dealing with all this information for processing and rationalizing at an early stage is developing the brain further. These kids' brain will develop areas that have not been used so much, or have not been used at all. Neuroscience will also be a fascinating area with new discoveries in brain capacity. /Susan
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progman2000,
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2/20/2016 | 7:35:50 AM
Re: If you team can't do it . . .
My son is writing java programs in 9th grade, although his is in a specialized comp sci program. But those kids are going on summer  break and making money writing programs and designing websites instead of working at burger joints like we did as kids. He will probably graduate HS able to get a decent programming job if he wants it before even thinking about college.
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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2/20/2016 | 4:02:42 AM
Re: If you team can't do it . . .
kstaron, I don't have any kids, but coding and programming are now part of the curriculum of all the elementary schools in Finland. This was a decision from the Finnish government after evaluating and updating the education system according to today's needs in terms of technology and the skills that will be needed when the kids of today join the workforce of tomorrow. Finland has one of the five best primary school education systems in the world together with South Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong. http://thelearningcurve.pearson.com/reports/the-learning-curve-report-2014/the-global-index /Susan
kstaron
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kstaron,
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2/19/2016 | 5:31:44 PM
Re: If you team can't do it . . .
Wait where are your kids going that they get programming that early? My kids have some computer time but the only computer language instruction have been through game apps I've downloaded like scratch Jr.

But yes I think like most new tech advances my kids are going to be able to out perform a fair number of adults in this arena. She's already built her own robot. Now she can put AI into it.
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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2/15/2016 | 5:05:01 PM
If you team can't do it . . .
. . . your child can. 

With programming already being taught to elementary school kids any eight-year-old can create an AI project. At least the easy ones. :) 

-Susan 
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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2/15/2016 | 5:01:12 PM
AIaaS
Joining the XaaS family comes AI from the hand of IBM's Watson. A faster way to start any business' AI project, I would say. :) It will be hard to beat anything that comes from Watson. 

-Susan
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