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12 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I SEPTEMBER 2018 Feature by Dan Feinberg I-CONNECT007 I've been covering artificial intelligence (AI) and related technologies for years, particu- larly at events such as the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES). As I write this, we are in the run-up to CES 2019 and the Artifi- cial Intelligence Conference in San Francisco, so the AI landscape is likely to change—at an ever-accelerating rate. Let's look at some of the challenges facing AI now, and then after CES 2019 we can take another look. As the title suggests, in this quickly changing segment of the electronics industry, there may be more questions than answers. Fittingly, I think it's best for us to start with one great question about artificial intelligence, and we'll go on from there. Q. What is artificial intelligence (AI), and are machines capable of being intelligent? A. The English Oxford Living Dictionary defines AI this way: "The theory and devel- opment of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between lan- guages." Or how about simply, AI is something that hasn't been done yet without human interven- tion. Some technologies that were considered AI just a few years ago such as conversational speed language translation and optical charac- ter recognition are no longer considered AI. It is obvious that we have entered the era of common use of AI. Autonomous transpor- tation is now a case of when, not if, thanks Artificial Intelligence: More Questions than Answers

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