The romantic notion of the lone scientist bringing world-changing inventions to life all by himself has always been an exceedingly rare occurence. Example: Jobs without Wozniak – and many others – would not have created Apple. The difference today is that you might be able to find the missing link to your success online, rather than in the garage or lab next door. And your help might not even come in the form of a person.
The so-called democratization of Artificial Intelligence gives innovators cheap, easy access to resources that will help them crack tough problems, according to this article published in Knowledge@Wharton. Algorithms that assist in software design, for example, are now available in online markets, meaning “that the world of machine learning is no longer restricted to university labs and corporate research centers that have access to massive training data and computing infrastructure.” The article adds that individuals and startups will have better opportunities to “get their ideas off the ground and prove their concepts before raising the funds needed to scale.”
What does it all mean?
For one thing, it’s the perfect time to enter the 8th Sikorsky Entrepreneurial Challenge, which is looking for the next big ideas in three areas:
- Distributed, reconfigurable MEMS sensor network
- Adaptive communications for assured data exchange
- Advanced sensor fusion
No. 3, Advanced sensor fusion, requires “software and algorithms capable of combining previously disparate sensor data into a single data stream for either output to display interfaces or used as an input to advanced navigation systems. Algorithms that can simultaneously correlate and cross-check for data validity would be ideal.”
According to the Knowledge@Wharton article, the democratization of IA offers inventors a toolbox that will help them bring “an amazing array of intelligent software and devices [to power] our world.”