Machine Learning Meets Star Trek

Dateline: October 6, 2017

Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend.

There is a lot of hype about the brave new world possible with machine learning, and it’s getting harder to separate the hype from reality.  Machine learning is a lot of things, and it’s been around (in various other forms) for a very long time.  Today we see a convergence of technologies enabling many of the fantasy applications of the past (remember the computer on Star Trek?).  But recently writer and storyteller, Dan Shewan, shared 10 vignettes about real-life examples of machine learning.  The article, 10 Companies Using Machine Learning In Cool Ways, goes into much greater detail, but the 10 examples are:

1. Yelp – Image Curation at Scale
2. Pinterest- Improved Content Discovery
3. Facebook – Chatbot Army
4. Twitter – Curated Timelines
5. Google – Neural Networks and ‘Machines That Dream’
6. Edgecase – Improving Ecommerce Conversion Rates
7. Baidu – The Future of Voice Search
8. HubSpot – Smarter Sales
9. IBM – Better Healthcare
10. Salesforce – Intelligent CRMs

What is the most interesting application of machine learning you can think of?  How can you use that creative solution to assist your organization?

That’s a WRAP!  Have a great weekend!

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