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Top 5 Takeaways from 2017 MIT ICT and MassINTELLIGENCE Conference

Jeff Whitney | 2 minute read


Over the past month, the ZyloTech team joined other thought leaders in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning for events in Boston, including the 2017 MIT Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Conference and MassINTELLIGENCE, The Age of Machine Learning. 

Although ZyloTech CEO, Abhi Yadav, spoke at both events, he also did a great deal of listening. Here are his top five takeaways from Boston’s recent AI events:

1. AI is the Rocket, Algorithms are the engine, and Data is the Fuel

Any AI or machine learning application is hugely dependent on data and algorithms. Companies are building, buying, or partnering to get the big data they need for these algorithms, but there are significant challenges within regulated industries where data is protected. It will be interesting to see how companies innovate in this process, through data sharing, or other means.

2. There are AI Haves and Have Nots

There’s a lot of AI activity at big companies. Even within organizations, there are AI haves and have nots. While some departments have been using extremely sophisticated deep learning techniques for quite some time, other departments may have little to no contact with the technology at all. We’re seeing this new school / old school dynamic between and within companies in the space.

3. Innovation Needs Implementation

Everyone is enthusiastic about driving innovation with AI-powered business applications, but innovation must also be implemented while aligning business process. Some companies are building internal innovation squads to scour company assets and turn insights into product planning. Big brands with fewer R&D dollars are accomplishing this by acquiring technology companies, and then integrating them into their existing culture. Others are partnering with MIT and open source communities to leverage core technologies to further innovate and implement around the business challenges they care most about. 

4. AI led Security is a Big Deal

Security – not just monetization – is one of the biggest drivers of AI led innovation. We all know when there’s a major data breach, but AI thought leaders are going beyond the headlines to solve security issues before they happen. We expect to see much more in this space in the coming years. 

5. Boston Companies Have the Inside Scoop on AI

The AI revolution is all around us, from Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, to advances in AI for customer monetization, retention, and remarketing. But beyond buzzword awareness, the public may not realize the immense quality enhancements going on in AI and machine learning. Boston companies have a front row seat to these developments, as they make AI applications smarter, faster, more secure, and more sophisticated. 

Looking for the next great AI event? ZyloTech CEO will be leading a panel at the MIT Big Data Series event on June 7, “Crossing the Chasm from Big Data to AI in Customer Centric Enterprise Business.”

Learn more about the event and register here.

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