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In the very near future, the triple A’s — Artificial intelligence, Automation and Additive Manufacturing — will influence nearly every aspect of our lives. Humanity and the quotidian routines that all members of society engage in, from driving our cars to brushing our teeth to caring for our bodies to interacting with our friends and loved ones — will all be intertwined with machine learning capabilities that boost our connectivity and improve our general quality of life.
It’s an exciting time to be alive, and it’s exciting to watch some of the most creative and cutting edge AI companies lead the charge forward to this brave new way of living. There are dozens of emerging companies that are doing exciting things, and as I keep tabs, I believe these are five to watch:
Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Google Home have trained us to comfortably coexist with virtual assistants who respond at our beck and call. Nearly 10 years ago, though, before any of us had an Alexa on our mantle, SoundHound was collecting data from iPhone and Android devices and honing its audio recognition capabilities. Today, its natural-language-processing, sound-recognition and audio-enabled search capabilities are some of the best on the market, and its own Houndify platform — a genuine challenger to both Alexa and Google Home — has the potential to deliver a genuine blow to both Google and Amazon.