Research into artificial intelligence is going gangbusters, and the frenetic pace won’t let up for about five years — after which the industry will concentrate around a handful of core technologies and leaders, the head of Intel’s new A.I. division predicts.
Intel is keen to be among them. In March, it formed an Artificial Intelligence Products Group headed by Naveen Rao. He previously was CEO of Nervana Systems, a deep-learning startup Intel acquired in 2016. Rao sees the industry moving at breakneck speed.
“It’s incredible,” he said. “You go three weeks without reading a paper and you’re behind. It’s just amazing.”
It wasn’t so long ago that artificial intelligence research was solely the domain of university research labs, but tech companies have stormed into the space in the last couple of years and sent technical hurdles tumbling.