There is an epic battle brewing between Facebook and Google on AI. The stakes are high: the two top consumer internet companies. AI systems can provide for better user experience, so consumer intention will follow.
From a technical perspective, both have scads of training data. Google’s : an impressive long-term archive of the Net, including public social postings, and billions of email messages; together with real data about what people click on when they search for things.
Facebook’s data the deepest, richest social graph in history, together with all the posts and interaction-level data from 20% of humanity. They are releasing their AI assistant, M, increasingly widely. (M allows you to ask for ‘anything legal’)
The blue corner: Facebook
The multi-coloured corner: Google
(Incidentally, Siri on the Apple Watch seems to have a similar capability when responding to text messages, I don’t know how they are doing this, and if any of our readers at Apple want to risk their careers enough, please drop me a mail to explain…)
One huge area for AI is in improving human-computer interfaces. Facebook’s M is a good example of this; as is Amy, the calendaring app, and Weave
, an AI-based mobile search platform I am advising.
Viv is another interesting play, founded by the founders of Siri, it promises to out-Siri Siri suggests startup guru Robert Scoble, who has had chance to play with i
t. 💥 Scoble is seriously impressed with Viv’s capabilities relative to Siri or Google Now. But what kind of real advantage they can have without access to the scale, breadth and depth of data that Google, Apple or Facebook have?