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Machine learning applications: From lab to enterprise

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The process from lab idea to enterprise reality may challenge machine learning applications. Learn how implementers are navigating the journey to practical use.

Machine learning applications making the move from the lab to the enterprise may be a bit like bags in overhead compartments on commercial airlines; there may be some shifting during the flight. The result is that changes in approach may be necessary as machine and deep learning models meet reality.

How the new technologies fair in actual operation is the topic of this edition of the Talking Data podcast. Joining the regular podcast crew is Nicole Laskowski, senior news editor at SearchCIO and contributor to SearchEnterpriseAI.

Learning models that underlie machine learning applications can carry forward unconscious bias or fall short in terms of fairness, Laskowski says during the course of this wide-ranging discussion of recent AI activity. Such suspect activity, she notes, was highlighted in author Cathy O'Neil's widely cited 2016 book, Weapons of Math Destruction.

Laskowski notes, however, that research on machine learning practices is showing some progress rooting out the types of models that can lead to massive failures. This same research indicated machine learning is evolving to become a much more dynamic, "continually evolving practice than many people have yet to realize," according to a survey by O'Reilly Media.

The podcast also covers lessons learned from Schooled in AI, a SearchCIO podcast series focused on how academic AI projects influence the larger, ongoing commercialization of AI techniques. The series looks at machine learning applications and robotics work being done at Carnegie Mellon University, with a special eye toward what this means to enterprises generally and to chief information officers.

During this episode of the Taking Data podcast, Laskowski talks about the issues involved with the training of both autonomous vehicles and virtual humans at Carnegie Mellon, a longtime hotbed of AI. Listen to the podcast and dig into key trends in enterprise AI today.

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How do you think AI software can address the problems your organization faces?
Sooner or later AI will play a big role in enterprise application where I plan to integrate into my app/service. The challenge is in which domain we can apply using AI to resolve our client problem practically.
You are so right. It is important to pick the right domain, especially for a first effort. Yesterday I spoke with someone who was digitizing very old mining maps, to cull through archived data that was old and stale. Because the economics are different than in the past, there is some more money to find in the historical records. That is the premise. Of course, time will tell.