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Why Natural Language Processing is the future of enterprise AI

Jon Oberlander is Professor of Epistemics at the University of Edinburgh. I spoke to him about the current trends for AI in the enterprise, particularly Natural Language Processing.


AI used to be obscure but has become a widespread term, even amongst the general public. What's changed?

We've reached a kind of inflection point. In the past it used to be said that as soon as something worked it stopped being called AI and was simply taken for granted. That was the paradox of success in this field. But now it's the other way around: anything that works is called AI.

Today's driver of success is machine learning. Bayesian algorithms and deep learning are what's driving the interest in this field. It's still generally called AI and machine learning, although deep learning is the more precise term.

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Alex Cruickshank

Alex Cruickshank has been writing about technology and business since 1994. He has lived in various far-flung places around the world and is now based in Berlin.  

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