The Future Of AI Will Be Stacked

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Editor’s note: Rick Collins is the president for enterprise business at Next IT, creators of the Alme virtual assistant platform. Prior to joining Next IT, he served as director of business development for Microsoft.

We are entering an exciting period for artificial intelligence. We’re seeing more consumer impacting developments and breakthroughs in AI technology than ever before. And as Nova Spivack recently argued, it’s reasonable to expect that major players like Apple, IBM, Google and Microsoft, among others, will lead a fierce consolidation effort for the AI market over the next five years.

Indeed, it has already begun.

No doubt these efforts will produce some amazing innovation, and I’m excited to see how Siri, Google Now, Cortana, Watson, and even new entrants like Viv continue to progress and transform our interactions with technology.

However, I also believe these all-encompassing virtual personal assistant projects (VPA), and the race…

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