This weeks edition is looking at the adoption of AI in business from various perspectives. It also has a look at the Chinese tech universe.


AI and Business

The promise and challenge of the age of artificial intelligence | McKinsey

This is a good summary of the current Status of AI adoption. If you are following the AI development for some time it will not all be new to you. If not it is a good starting point. In any case there are some good insights. McKinsey points out three priorities for business and politics for achieving good outcomes: The deployment challenge; The future of work challenge; and The responsible AI challenge

The Coming Revolution In Software Development | Forbes

Matt Bornstein argues that deep learning will fundamentally change the way software is developed. In this new world, developers no longer need to design a unique algorithm for each problem. Most work focuses, instead, on generating datasets that reflect desired behavior and managing the training process. What does this mean for the future of software development? Programming and data science will increasingly converge. AI practitioners will be rock stars. And the AI toolchain needs to be built.

Five Artificial Intelligence Insiders in Their Own Words | New York Times

What do people like LILA IBRAHIM, Chief operating officer, DeepMind and ANDRUS ANSIP, European Commission vice president for the digital single market, think about AI …

The build or buy decision in AI | Layer7.ai

My friend Peter Droege is looking at the build or buy question for AI solutions – and what questions you should ask yourself before making a decision.

AI Guru Andrew Ng on the Job Market of Tomorrow | business telegraph

Andrew Ng on critical AI questions: On the future of work and a conditional basic income, the future of education and learning and if we will see another AI winter.

Executive Interview: Jordan Jacobs, Chief AI Officer, TD Bank Group | aitrends

Great interview with Jordan Jacobs, one of the founder of the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence and currently Chief AI Officer at TD Bank. Highly recommended.


China

Why Alibaba is betting big on AI chips and quantum computing | technologyreview

Interesting interview with Jeff Zhang, Alibaba’s chief technology office on plans to develop technologies that could be turned into useful things in everyday life, including an AI-chip subsidiary called Pingtou Ge and a team that’s developing a quantum processor.

Crazy Work Hours and Lots of Cameras: Silicon Valley Goes to China | New York Times

Li Yuan provides interesting insights from a trip of Silicon Valley executives and investors to China. They found not only sharp differences on work habits but an alternate tech universe.

China’s King of Internet Fluff Wants to Conquer the World | New York Times

Raymond Zhong on Bytedance, the most highly valued startup with a price tag of more than 75b$. Not yet well know in Europe but very successful in China and other parts of Asia.