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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Machine Learning is Changing Business Enterprise

How Machine Learning Is Eating the Software World

Alex Woodie | May 18, 2015

Marc Andreessen, who created the World Wide Web, famously said in 2011 that software was eating the world. Four years later, that trend has accelerated, only now it appears that machine learning technology is on the cusp of eating software, and that algorithms will take over the world, with a little help from their friends: the APIs.
Not that this is a bad thing, at least not as Elon Musk envisions, with AI-powered overlords enslaving the human race (a separate story for another day). But if you recognize the points that Andreessen made in his famous Wall Street Journal article—how outfits like Amazon, Netflix, Flickr, and Pandora that are essentially software companies eviscerated the “bricks and mortar” giants that had dominated the markets for books, movies, photos, and radio up to that point—then you have probably recognized that the trend has only intensified here in 2015.
In today’s big data world, the focus is all about building “smart applications.” The intelligence in those apps, more often than not, doesn’t come from adding programmatic responses to the code–it comes from allowing the software itself to recognize what’s happening in the real world, how it’s different from what happened yesterday, and adjust its response accordingly.

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