Autumn is coming: Expert says hype cycle will give way to ‘rich harvest’ of useful AI

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Winter isn’t coming. At least not for the world of artificial intelligence. Jeff Bigham, program director of the Human-computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon, believes we’ll soon reap the bounties of an AI autumn instead.

An AI winter is a period in which research and funding freeze up and it becomes difficult to break new ground. Since the inception of artificial intelligence technology in the 1940s there’s been several of these periods. The last decade has brought new hope for AI – and with it all the hyperbole the modern media can muster. AI is in the public’s eye on a larger scale than ever before, this much is certain.

So it would then follow that greater hype would lead

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