Smart Software and Keeping Track of AI

March 9, 2018

There has not been a standard to measure artificial intelligence’s progress in the technology field. AI has progressed so rapidly over the past two decades that a Stanford group decided to create their own standard called AI100 index that will be the comprehensive baseline for the state of artificial intelligence. Stanford’s Engineering magazine details the new standard in the article, “A New Artificial Intelligence Index Tracks The Emerging Field.”

Rich and Mary Horvitz established the AI100 in 2014 with the purpose of predicting AI’s effects on a 2030 urban environment. While working on their AI100 index, the pair discovered that there has been a dramatic increase in startups and improvement in AI’s to mimic human behavior. The AI100 is meant to be a measurement tool to chart progress and encourage conversation about the field’s potential. The AI100 pulls information for many sources:

“The AI Index tracks and measures at least 18 independent vectors in academia, industry, open-source software and public interest, plus technical assessments of progress toward what the authors call “human-level performance” in areas such as speech recognition, question-answering and computer vision – algorithms that can identify objects and activities in 2D images. Specific metrics in the index include evaluations of academic papers published, course enrollment, AI-related startups, job openings, search-term frequency and media mentions, among others.”

While the AI100 pulls information from scientific and technology communities, it also draws information from the Social Progress Index, Middle East peace index, and the Bangladesh empowerment index.

The AI index will be a historical document and could also help predict future trends in the AI field. As long as it is maintained, the AI index will more than likely become integral to the industry.

Whitney Grace, March 9, 2018


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