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Animation on your phone on the fly, or getting Alexa to play a musical compilation – those are just two examples of how we use artificial intelligence (AI) in our day-to-day lives, whether we know it or not. But AI is much more than that. AI is all about training computers by example, rather than programming. UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, speaking at Davos last month, said the UK could be a world leader in AI.
The environment for AI start ups in the UK has improved markedly over the years, when it comes to industry interest and the talent available, according to Joyeeta Das, CEO of startup Gyana.
However, Das is concerned that Brexit could weigh on Britain’s talent pool. Gyana was built during Das’s time at Oxford University, and not all of the talent that inspired the company are UK residents. The loss of that resource of collaborative talent she sees as a worry.
Uses for artificial intelligence
In 1996, IBM’s Deep Blue won its first chess game against champion Garry Kasparov. Twenty years on, we are now at the next level of ‘deep learning’ and in the even more complex ancient game of Go, a piece of AI software called AlphaGo beat Lee Sedol, holder of 18 international titles. DeepMind, the British AI company behind AlphaGo, was bought by Google in 2014.
But AI has many serious applications as well. For example, in healthcare, from managing workload to diagnosing, and helping autonomous vehicles avoid unpredictable pedestrians.
What does Gyana do?
Gyana is a tool that applies AI so you can find out information about a store or venue, and the people who frequent it.