Intel Makes AI Understandable and Accessible…

Though they populate an industry that prides itself on tackling and solving complex puzzles, many IT vendors prefer simplistic story-telling. That’s partly due to simplicity being easier to sell than complexity, even if it fails to address many or even most of the issues related to complicated engineering efforts. But simple tales also feed the industry’s love of self-promotional mythologies, including the triumph and massive remuneration of plucky entrepreneurs.

I raise this issue because storytelling shorthand also tends to infect areas where accuracy is a critical component, like still-emerging technologies. Keeping things easy may seem to be beneficial in terms of helping an audience initially understand difficult subjects. But relying on simplistic exposition can also mask over-inflated claims and promote questionable reports about a technology’s potential for commercial success.

We’ve seen this dynamic occur many times in the past—virtual reality headsets and associated technologies are just one good example. More than four years after Facebook paid an unprecedented $2B for VR start-up Oculus—a deal that was supposed to rapidly propel VR into the commercial mainstream—the industry and vendors continues to be hindered by many of the same core technological barriers that existed in 2014.

So, it’s a pleasure to find vendors that are willing and able to discuss complex work in both realistic and understandable terms. That was certainly the case at Intel DevCon 2018, the inaugural conference for that Intel hosted recently in San Francisco.

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