AI Trends that Shaped 2019

Source: Deep Learning on Medium

The rate of technological advancement has always been ahead of the curve, but the last five years have proved exponentially transformative even by these elevated standards. The widespread adoption of 4G, the easy availability of data, and the tremendous improvement in smartphone capabilities has sparked a revolution, allowing users to access information faster, cheaper, and more efficiently than ever before. The field of payments has been overhauled, with digital payments allowing for seamless transfers of money and an array of digital wallets and online payment methods flooding the market. And the introduction of new technologies such as cryptocurrency and blockchain has granted us the opportunity to completely restructure the finance and banking domains.

All of these developments have combined to reshape our lives in ways unimaginable just a few years ago. But it is in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that the greatest strides have been made, with groundbreaking advancements in fields as diverse as Machine Learning (ML), Neural Networking, Vision, Natural Language Processing (NLP), and more. It is AI that will shape the future — and we’ve only just scratched the surface of its potential.

As we come to the end of this remarkable decade, let’s take this opportunity to reflect on the biggest AI trends that unfolded over the course of 2019.