January 14, 2019 by Jason Contant
Machines and applications with artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities will soon rely less on bottom-up big data and more on top-down reasoning that more closely resembles the way humans approach problems and tasks, Accenture said Monday.
“We will have top-down systems that don’t require as much data and are faster, more flexible, and, like humans, more innately intelligent,” Accenture said in a blog in Harvard Business Review titled The Future of AI Will Be About Less Data, Not More. To craft a vision of where AI is heading in the next several years, and then plan investments and tests accordingly, companies should look for development in four areas, wrote blog authors Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s chief technology and innovation officer, and H. James Wilson, managing director of information technology and business research at Accenture Research.
The coming five years will see applications and machines becoming less artificial and more intelligent, the authors conclude. “This general reasoning ability will enable AI to be more broadly applied than ever, creating opportunities for early adopters even in businesses and activities to which it previously seemed unsuited.”
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