Deeper Minds: Artificial Intelligence
Human orchestras playing music composed by computers; machines learning in hours what took humans millennia; halls packed with thousands of people listening to computer-science talks in hushed reverence.
All par for the course at this week's Neural Information Processing conference, the premier artificial-intelligence summit.
The conference revealed the increasing pace of development of AI, and of its spread into every conceivable industry.
That is most evident in the development of hardware.
Tesla, an electric-car maker, is working on its own chip to run AI algorithms, in partnership with AMD, a microprocessor manufacturer.
Nvidia, another chipmaker, will start selling the "Titan V", a $3,000 processor specially designed for training AI algorithms.
The next generation experimental-fusion reactor built by TAE, an energy firm, will be explicitly designed to produce data to feed into AI that will optimise the nuclear reaction.
The firm that will receive and process those data?
None other than Google.