I’m a big fan of tech pundit Robert Scoble. (Wish he would start blogging again in earnest.) Robert has been head down lately on Artificial Intelligence. Part of his reduced visibility is because he’s trying to live a life but it’s also because AI isn’t fully baked.
That said, the oven is coming to temperature on AI. Google unceremoniously announced a brand strategy shift yesterday. Sundar Pichai, CEO, referred to Google as an “A.I. first” company. This, at the launch of new Pixel smartphones, Google Home devices and VR and wireless headsets. The NYT used this event to question Google’s hardware chops, and they’re partly right; but they are also missing the point. AI is the haps. The incipient haps. And Google with its flattening-the-planet search business , Android OS and new data collection devices will feed that trough like no one else.
Big Data ain’t shit without reason. And reason is the reason Google and Alphabet and Amazon, don’t forget Amazon, are in business today. Might as well add IBM to the mix. Amazon isn’t overt about its plans, but rest assured they are in the AI biz.
I like to say it’s going to be a fun ride. It is. Google is going full-on in AI. The apps to come will be ridiculous (millennial definition). And Mr. Scoble is going to be quite busy.
PS. Oh, and Google Reason will be a brand.