Moving From “Can We?” to “Should We?”: Emerging Challenges in Consumer Software


The science fiction writer William Gibson once said, “The future is already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed.” Companies like Google, Amazon, and Facebook are investing billions to advance deep learning technologies and bringing science fiction to their billions of users. They are also giving away most of the infrastructure and algorithms that they create for free, allowing businesses across the world to get in on the AI action. The availability of world-class AI research is arriving at an incredible pace and can be deployed for pennies. As this trend accelerates, what does that mean for the rest of us as both users and consumer product creators?