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Leading The Artificial Intelligence Revolution

Artificial Intelligence Is A Frontier Being Explored and Realized

Artificial Intelligence is now part of our every day lives.  Computer programs can now follow your activity over the internet, create a persona for you, target advertising to you based on your habits and predict what you will do with any given scenario with increasing accuracy.  Your car learns your driving habits to react and handle better for “you”.  There are many aspects of AI already working, and you do not even realize it.

How does that make you feel?  Have you see the move iRobot with Will Smith?  Are we going to make things better or create the catalyst for our own demise?

We know that artificial intelligence will soon reshape our world. But which companies will lead the way?

To help ­answer that question, research firm CB Insights recently selected the “AI 100,” a list of the 100 most promising artificial intelligence startups ­globally. The private companies were chosen (from a pool of over 1,650 candidates) by CB Insights’ Mosaic algorithm, based on factors like financing history, investor quality, business category, and momentum. A look at the 50 largest startups on the list, ranked by total funds raised, shows that investment in AI is surging worldwide. But, for now at least, the U.S. appears to be leading the revolution.

Leading the Artificial Intelligence Revolution

Nicolas Rapp

A look at the most promising global startups working with artificial intelligence.

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Death of Humanity

Worries about artificial intelligence have sparked headlines exclaiming that AI could bring about the death of humanity as smart machines become so much smarter than us they wipe us out, not out of malice, but because we’re simply in the way of their own goals. The most optimistic ones focused on the possibility of sex robots that can carry on conversations.

But in reality, AI has existed for over a decade. It already plays a big role in technologies that we take for granted like Apple’s Siri personal assistant, IBM’s Watson Jeopardy-winning computer, and even the autopilot feature that Tesla (tsla, +0.44%) rolled out in its cars earlier this year.

And before AI can destroy humanity, or provide sexual satisfaction, it has to get better. Much better. And the launch of OpenAI, the billion-dollar nonprofit research center announced this week, opens a window into what some of the big thinkers in computer science and business consider as opportunities and challenges.

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