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    The endless possibilities of AI


    May, 2017

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) seems to have become a hotly discussed topic in the recent years with an increasing number of news headlines and storylines in TV and film. The possibilities are endless, but there is often little clarify around the terms that are used and what they really mean.


    Let’s take a step back. AI first made breaking headlines across the world in 1996 when IBM’s Deep Blue beat, world champion chess player, Garry Kasparov. This was a very narrow example of AI as it was only programmed for one specific task, chess.


    Since 1996 there has been leaps and bounds in the developments of AI. Machine Learning is a subset of AI which has been around for numerous years and gives computers the ability to recognises patterns, understand speech and makes predictions without being explicitly programmed to complete a task. The key to Machine Learning is massive amounts of data of high quality data, and lighting could certainly be a fantastic way to obtain data.

    The endless possibilities of AI

    Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo is a prominent example of Machine Learning and illustrates the capabilities of advanced AI. In 2016 DeepMind’s AlphaGo programme beat Lee Sedol in a complex board game called Go. Sedol is considered the best Go player in the world over the last decade, however was beaten in 4 out of 5 games by AlphaGo.


    Furthermore, there has also been major developments in Deep Learning which is a subset of Machine Learning. In Deep Learning you feed data into a ‘neural networks’ that learns and discovers patterns in data. Deep Learning is the reason we have seen such vast improvements in image recognition, machine translation, and natural language processing. It still has a long way to go but will be key to unlocking many exciting possibilities such as driverless cars, robotics, smart voice recognition, cancer detection and much more.


    It’s an exciting time when you think of the possible links ups with the lighting industry in the years to come.  Discover the Future of Light here.

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